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FOREWORD 


THE MOST EXQUISITE STORY EVER WRITTEN 

is simply told in about 25,000 words. These 
words extracted textually from the Gospels 
by Thomas Jefferson, form a beautiful, 
moving story of the life and morals of 
Jesus. 

Within this brief and sublime story are 
the authentic words of Christ which give 
life to the Bible. They are its essence. 

During his first term in the White House 
the Father of American Democracy re- 
vealed his dream of separating the sayings 
which were indisputably the words of Jesus 
from what he considered to be extraneous 
matter in the Holy Library of 66 volumes, 
1189 chapters, 773,000 words. 

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Jefferspnirirst* tried tyj induce others to 
ioriie workl Irib'io^lre&ent to Dr. Benja- 
min Rnsl^tjae syllabus of his comparison 
of the mbral doctrines of Jesus with those 
of the other ancient philosophers. In his 
letter to Dr. Rush, Jefferson emphasized 
the confidential nature of his study with 
these words: 

“And in confiding it to you, I know it 
will not be exposed to the malignant per- 
versions of those who make every word 
from me a text for new misrepresentations 
and calumnies. I am, moreover, averse to 
the communication of my religious tenets 
to the public, because it would counte- 
nance the presumption of those who 
have endeavoured to draw them before 
that tribunal, and to seduce public opin- 
ion to erect itself into that inquest over 
the rights of conscience, which the laws 
have so justly proscribed. It behooves 
every man who values liberty of con- 
science for himself to resist invasions of it 
in the case of others, or their case may, 
by change of circumstances, become his 
own . 55 


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Others failing to do the work, Jefferson, 
in evenings of escape from affairs of the 
nation, prepared a preliminary extraction 
which it was his custom to read nightly 
before retiring. After removing to Ms 
plantation at Monticello, Jefferson con- 
ducted a voluminous correspondence on 
religious subjects with John Adams. In 
one of his letters to Adams in 1813 the 
great statesman gave this description of 
his work: 

“We must reduce our volume to the 
simple Evangelists; select, even from them, 
the very words only of Jesus, paring off 
the amphibologisms into which they have 
been led, by forgetting often, or not under- 
standing, what had fallen from Him, by 
giving their own misconceptions as his 
dicta, and expressing unintelligibly for 
others what they had not understood 
themselves. There will be found remaining 
the most sublime and benevolent code of 
morals which has ever been offered to 
man. I have performed this operation for 
my own use, by cutting verse by verse out 
of the printed book, and arranging the 
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matter which is evidently his and which 
is as easily distinguished as diamonds in a 
dung-hill. The result is an octavo of forty- 
six pages.” 

This octavo Jefferson later enlarged to 
the form here presented by Wilfred Funk, 
Inc. 

Three years later, 1816, Jefferson wrote 
from Monticello to Charles Thompson: 

“I, too, have made a wee little book 
from the same materials, which I call the 
philosophy of Jesus; it is a paradigma of 
his doctrines, made by cutting the texts 
out of the book, and arranging them on 
the pages of a blank book, in a certain 
order of time or subject. A more beautiful 
or precious morsel of ethics I have never 
seen; it is a document in proof that I am a 
real Christian , that is to say, a disciple of 
the doctrines of Jesus. ... If I had time I 
would add to my little book the Greek, 
Latin and French texts, in columns side 
by side.” 

Later Jefferson did make the time to 
complete his work and the finished volume 
with extracts in four languages in parallel 
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columns, was purchased from the family 
and placed in the United States National 
Museum at Washington in 1895. 

Jefferson waived any intention of pub- 
lishing his compilation with the words 
“I not only write nothing on religion, but 
rarely permit myself to speak on it. 55 How- 
ever, the Fifty-seventh Congress provided 
for publication of a limited edition by 
photo-lithographic process, the volumes 
to be given to members of the house and 
senate. It was printed in 1904 little more 
than a century after Jefferson first actively 
planned its compilation. 

One of the first copies of the so-called 
Jefferson Bible issued by the government 
printing office was secured by my father 
through the good offices of my grand- 
father, the late Congressman Clinton 
Babbitt. 

One Sunday while I was still very young, 
in response to my plea that he read me a 
story, my father told me he would read 
“the most beautiful story in the world. 55 
And after reading the Jefferson Bible he 
charged me to treasure it among all of the 
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many hundreds of books in his school- 
master’s library. I did treasure it for even 
as a boy I was impressed by the simplicity 
of the volume as compared to the mellowed 
big Bible from which my soft-voiced 
mother frequently read aloud. 

Down through the years I have kept 
the Jefferson Bible with its readily accessi- 
ble story of the life and morals of Jesus. 
With it, I have treasured the worn, copi- 
ously annotated and underscored Bible 
of 364 pages that was my mother’s. It is 
interesting that the exceedingly familiar 
pages most worn and marked were those 
on which the words of Jesus appear. And 
on the title leaf of my mother’s Bible is her 
notation: “To Douglas. . . . Study it 
out. . . . Pray it in. . . . Put it down. . . . 
Pass it on.” 

I kept these matchless volumes, turning 
to the one with all of its sentiment and to 
the other with its rare clarity and sim- 
plicity, dreaming the while that the Jeffer- 
son Bible should be given the one thing 
it lacks — the beauty and legibility made 
possible by modern typography, and re- 
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lease from the obscurity of the national 
museum and collectors’ shelves. 

So here is the English section of the 
Jefferson Bible; the extractions from the 
Gospel studied out over a period of sixteen 
years by the man who wrote the Decla- 
ration of American Independence, and 
finally titled by him “The Life and Morals 
of Jesus of Nazareth.” 

I “pass it on.” 

— Douglas E. Lurton 


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— 

ONE 


AND IT GAME TO PASS IN THOSE DAYS THAT 

there went out a decree from Cesar Au- 
gustus, that all the world should be taxed. 
(And this taxing was first made when 
Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all 
went to be taxed, every one into his own 
city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, 
out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, 
unto the city of David, which is called 
Bethlehem (because he was of the house 
and lineage of David) : to be taxed with 
Mary his espoused wife, being great with 
child. And so it was, that, while they were 
there, the days were accomplished that she 
should be delivered. And she brought forth 
her firstborn son, and wrapped him in 
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swaddling clothes, and laid him in a man- 
ger; because there was no room for them 
in the inn. 

And when eight days were accomplished 
for the circumcising of the child, his name 
was called Jesus. 

And when they had performed all things 
according to the law of the Lord, they re- 
turned into Galilee, to their own city 
Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed 
strong in spirit, filled with wisdom. 

And when he was twelve years old, they 
went up to Jerusalem after the custom of 
the feast. And when they had fulfilled the 
days, as they returned, the child Jesus tar- 
ried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and 
his mother knew not of it. But they, sup- 
posing him to have been in the company, 
went a day’s journey; and they sought him 
among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 
And when they found him not, they turned 
back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And 
it came to pass that after three days they 
found him in the temple, sitting in the 
midst of the doctors, both hearing them, 
and asking them questions. And all that 
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heard him were astonished at his under- 
standing and answers. 

And when they saw him, they were 
amazed: and his mother said unto him, 
“Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? 
behold, thy father and I have sought thee 
sorrowing.” 

And he went down with them, and came 
to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. 
And Jesus increased in wisdom and 
stature. 

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of 
Tiberius Cesar, Pontius Pilate being gov- 
ernor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch 
of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch 
of Iturea and of the region of Trachonitis, 
and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, An- 
nas and Caiaphas being the high priests, 
John did baptize in the wilderness. 

And the same John had his raiment of 
camels 9 hair, and a leathern girdle about 
his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild 
honey. 

Then went out to him Jerusalem, and 
all Judea, and all the region round about 

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Jordan* and were baptized of him in Jor- 
dan. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to 
Jordan unto John* to be baptized of 
him. 

And Jesus himself began to be about 
thirty years of age. 

After this he went down to Capernaum, 
he, and his mother, and his brethren, and 
his disciples; and they continued there not 
many days. 

And the Jews 5 passover was at hand; and 
Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in 
the temple those that sold oxen, and sheep, 
and doves, and the changers of money, 
sitting: And, when he had made a scourge 
of small cords, he drove them all out of the 
temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and 
poured out the changers 5 money, and over- 
threw the tables; and said unto them that 
sold doves, “Take these things hence; make 
not my Father’s house an house of mer- 
chandise . 55 

After these things came Jesus and his dis- 
ciples into the land of Judea; and there he 
tarried with them, and baptized. 

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Now, when Jesus had heard that John 
was cast into prison, he departed into 
Galilee: for Herod himself had sent forth, 
and laid hold upon John, and bound him 
in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother 
Philip’s wife: for he had married her. For 
John had said unto Herod, “It is not law- 
ful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.” 

Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against 
him, and would have killed him; but she 
could not: for Herod feared John, know- 
ing that he was a just man, and an holy, 
and observed him; and when he heard 
him, he did many things, and heard him 
gladly. 

And when a convenient day was come, 
that Herod on his birthday made a supper 
to his lords, high captains, and chief estates 
of Galilee; and when the daughter of the 
said Herodias came in and danced, and 
pleased Herod and them that sat with him, 
the king said unto the damsel, “Ask of me 
whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it 
thee.” And he sware unto her, “Whatso- 
ever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it 
thee, unto the half of my kingdom.” 

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And she went forth, and said unto her 
mother, “What shall I ask ? 53 

And she said, “The head of John the 
Baptist . 33 

And she came in straightway with haste 
unto the king, and asked, saying, “I will 
that thou give me, by and by in a charger, 
the head of John the Baptist . 33 

And the king was exceeding sorry; yet 
for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes 
which sat with him, he would not reject 
her. And immediately the king sent an exe- 
cutioner, and commanded his head to be 
brought; and he went and beheaded him 
in the prison, and brought his head in a 
charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the 
damsel gave it to her mother. 

And they went into Capernaum; and 
straightway on the sabbath-day, he en- 
tered into the synagogue, and taught. .And 
they were astonished at his doctrine: for he 
taught them as one that had authority, 
and not as the scribes. 

At that time Jesus went on the sabbath- 
day through the com; and his disciples 
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were an hungered, and began to pluck the 
ears of corn, and to eat. But when the 
Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, “Be- 
hold, thy disciples do that which is not 
lawful to do upon the sabbath-day.” 

But he said unto them, “Have ye not 
read what David did when he was an 
hungered, and they that were with him: 
how he entered into the house of God, and 
did eat the shewbread, which was not law- 
ful for him to eat, neither for them which 
were with him, but only for the priests? 
Or, have ye not read in the law, how that 
on the sabbath-days, the priests in the 
temple profane the sabbath, and are 
blameless?” 

And when he was departed thence, he 
went into their synagogue: and, behold, 
there was a man which had his hand with- 
ered. And they asked him, saying, “Is it 
lawful to heal on the sabbath-days?” that 
they might accuse him. 

And he said unto them, “What man 
shall there be among you, that shall have 
one sheep and if it fall into a pit on the 
sabbath-day, will he not lay hold on it, and 

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lift it out? How much then is a man better 
than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do 
well on the sabbath-days . 55 And he said 
unto them, “The sabbath was made for 
man, and not man for the sabbath . 55 

Then the Pharisees went out, and held a 
council against him, how they might de- 
stroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he 
'withdrew himself from thence: and great 
multitudes followed him. 

And it came to pass in those days, that 
he went up into a mountain to pray, and 
continued all night in prayer to God. And 
when it was day, he called unto him his 
disciples; and of them he chose twelve, 
whom also he named Apostles: Simon, 
(whom he also named Peter), and Andrew 
his brother, James and John, Philip and 
Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, 
James the son of Alpheus, and Simon 
called Zelotes, and Judas the brother of 
James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was 
the traitor. 

And he came down with them, and 
stood in the plain; and the company of his 

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disciples, and a great multitude of people 
out of all Judea and Jerusalem, and from 
the sea-coast of Tyre and Sidon, which 
came to hear him. 

And seeing the multitudes, he went up 
into a mountain: and when he was set, his 
disciples came unto him: and he opened 
his mouth, and taught them, saying, 

“ Blessed are the poor in spirit: 

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven . 

Blessed are they that mourn: 

For they shall be corrforted. 

Blessed are the meek: 

For they shall inherit the earth. 

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst 
after righteousness: 

For they shall be filled. 

Blessed are the merciful: 

For they shall obtain mercy. 

Blessed are the pure in heart: 

For they shall see God. 

Blessed are the peace-makers: 

For they shall be called the children of God. 

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Blessed are they which are persecuted for right- 
eousness* sake: 

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven . 

Blessed are ye when men shall revile you , and 
persecute you, and shall say all manner of 
evil against you falsely, for my sake . 

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is 
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted 
they the prophets which were before you. 

But woe unto you that are rich! 

For ye have received your consolation. 

Woe unto you that are full! 

For ye shall hunger . 

Woe unto you that laugh now! 

For ye shall mourn and weep . 

Woe unto you when all men shall speak well 
of you! 

For so did their fathers to the false prophets. 

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the 
salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it 
be salted? it is thenceforth good for noth- 
ing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden 
under foot of men. 

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“Ye are the light of the world, A city 
that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither 
do men light a candle, and put it under a 
bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth 
light unto all that are in the house. Let 
your light so shine before men, that they 
may see your good works, and glorify your 
Father which is in heaven. 

“Think not that I am come to destroy 
the law, or the prophets: I am not come 
to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say 
unto you, ‘Till heaven and earth pass, one 
jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from 
the law, till all be fulfilled.’ Whosoever, 
therefore, shall break one of these least 
commandments, and shall teach men so, 
he shall be called the least in the kingdom 
of heaven: but whosoever shall do, and 
teach them, the same shall be called great 
in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto 
you that, except your righteousness shall 
exceed the righteousness of the scribes and 
Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the 
kingdom of heaven. 

“Ye have heard that it was said by them 
of old time, "Thou shalt not kill 5 ; and who- 

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soever shall Mil shall be in danger of the 
judgment. But I say unto you that, whoso- 
ever is angry with his brother without 
cause, shall be in danger of the judgment: 
and whosoever shall say to his brother, 
e Raca , 5 shall be in danger of the council: 
but whosoever shall say, ‘Thou fool , 5 shall 
be in danger of hellfire. Therefore, if thou 
bring thy gift to the altar, and there re- 
memberest that thy brother hath aught 
against thee; leave there thy gift before the 
altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled 
to thy brother, and then come and offer 
thy gift. Agree with thine adversary 
quickly, whilst thou art in the way with 
him; lest at any time the adversary deliver 
thee to the judge and the judge deliver 
thee to the officer, and thou be cast into 
prison. Verily I say unto thee, ‘Thou shalt 
by no means come out thence, till thou 
hast paid the uttermost farthing . 5 

“Ye have heard that it was said by them 
of old time, ‘Thou shalt not commit adul- 
tery . 3 But I say unto you that whosoever 
looketh on a woman to lust after her hath 
committed adultery with her already in 
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his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, 
pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is 
profitable for thee that one of thy mem- 
bers should perish, and not that thy whole 
body should be cast into hell and if thy 
right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast 
it from thee: for it is profitable for thee, ~ 
that one of thy members should perish, 
and not that thy whole body should be 
cast into hell. It hath been said, c Whoso- 
ever shall put away his wife, let him give 
her a writing of divorcement . 5 But I say 
unto you, that whosoever shall put away 
his wife, saving for the cause of fornica- 
tion, causeth her to commit adultery: and 
whosoever shall marry her that is divorced 
committeth adultery. 

“Again, ye have heard that it hath been 
said by them of old time, Thou shalt not 
forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto 
the Lord thine oaths . 5 But I say unto you, 
‘Swear not at all: neither by heaven: for it 
is God’s throne: nor by the earth: for it is 
his footstool: neither by Jerusalem: for it is 
the city of the great Kong. Neither shalt 
thou swear by thy head, because thou 

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canst not make one hair white or black. 
But let your communication be, “Yea, 
yea 55 ; “Nay, nay 55 : for whatsoever is more 
than these cometh of evil . 5 

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, 
c An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth . 5 
But I say unto you, that ye resist not 
evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy 
right cheek, turn to him the other also. 
And if any man will sue thee at the law, 
and take away thy coat, let him have thy 
cloak also. And whosoever shall compel 
thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give 
to him that asketh thee, and from him that 
would borrow of thee, turn not thou away. 

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, 
‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate 
thine enemy . 5 But I say unto you, c Love 
your enemies, bless them that curse you, 
do good to them that hate you, and pray 
for them which despitefully use you, and 
persecute you; that ye may be the children 
of your Father which is in heaven: for he 
maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on 
the good, and sendeth rain on the just and 
on the unjust . 5 For if ye love them which 

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love you, what reward have ye? do not 
even the publicans the same? And if ye 
salute your brethren only, what do ye 
more than others? do not even the publi- 
cans so? 

“And if ye lend to them of whom ye 
hope to receive, what thank have ye? for 
sinners also lend to sinners to receive as 
much again. But love ye your enemies, and 
do good, and lend, hoping for nothing 
again: and your reward shall be great, and 
ye shall be the children of the Highest: for 
he is kind unto the unthankful, and to the 
evil. Be ye, therefore, merciful, as your 
Father also is merciful. 

“Take heed that ye do not your alms 
before men, to be seen of them: otherwise 
ye have no reward of your Father which is 
in heaven. Therefore, when thou doest 
thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before 
thee, as the hypocrites do in the syna- 
gogues, and in the streets, that they may 
have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, 
‘They have their reward. 5 But when thou 
doest alms, let not thy left hand know 
what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms 

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may be in secret: and thy Father, which 
seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee 
openly. 

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not 
be as the hypocrites are: for they love to 
pray standing in the synagogues, and in 
the comers of the streets, that they may be 
seen of men. Verily I say unto you, ‘They 
have their reward . 5 But thou, when thou 
prayest, enter into thy closet; and, when 
thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father 
which is in secret; and thy Father which 
seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. 
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, 
as the heathen do: for they think that they 
shall be heard for their much speaking. 
Be not ye, therefore, like unto them: for 
your Father knoweth what things ye have 
need of, before ye ask him. After this man- 
ner, therefore pray ye: 

c Our Father which art in heaven , 
Hallowed be thy name . 

Thy kingdom come . 

Thy will be done 
In earth , as it is in heaven . 

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Give us this day 
Our daily bread . 

And forgive us our debts. 

As we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation , 
But deliver us from evil: 


For thine is the kingdom, 
Ahd the power. 

And the glory. 

For ever . Amen / 


cc For if ye forgive men their trespasses, 
your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 
but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, 
neither will your Father forgive your tres- 
passes. 

“Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the 
hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they 
disfigure their faces, that they may appear 
unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, 
‘They have their reward/ But thou, when 
thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash 
thy face; that thou appear not unto men 
to fast, but unto thy Father which is in 
secret: and thy Father, which seeth in 
secret shall reward thee openly. 

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“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon 
earthy 

Where moth and rust doth corrupty 

And where thieves break through and steal: 

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven , 

Where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt , 

And where thieves do not break through nor 
steaL 

For where your treasure is, there will your 
heart be also. 

“The light of the body is the eye: if, 
therefore, thine eye be single, thy whole 
body shall be full of light. But if thine eye 
be evil, thy whole body shall be full of 
darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in 
thee be darkness, how great is that dark- 
ness? 

“No man can serve two masters: for 
either he will hate the one, and love the 
other; or else he will hold to the one, and 
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and 
mammon. 

“Therefore I say unto you, ‘Take no 
thought for your life, what ye shall eat or 
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what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, 
what ye shall put on . 5 Is not the life more 
than meat, and the body than raiment? 
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow 
not, neither do they reap, nor gather into 
bams; yet your heavenly Father feedeth 
them. Are ye not much better than they? 
Which of you, by taking thought, can add 
one cubit unto his stature? And why take 
ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies 
of the field how they grow: they toil not, 
neither do they spin: and yet I say unto 
you, that even Solomon in all his glory 
was not arrayed like one of these. 

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of 
the field, which today is, and tomorrow is 
cast into the oven, shall he not much more 
clothe you? O ye of little faith? Therefore 
take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we 
eat ? 5 or, c What shall we drink ? 5 or, ‘Where- 
withal shall we be clothed ? 5 (For after all 
these things do the Gentiles seek) : for your 
heavenly Father knoweth that ye have 
need of all these things. But seek ye first 
the kingdom of God, and his righteous- 
ness; and all these things shall be added 

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unto you. Take therefore no thought for 
the morrow: for the morrow shall take 
thought for the things of itself. Sufficient 
unto the day is the evil thereof. 

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For 
with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be 
judged: and with what measure ye mete, 
it shall be measured to you again. Give, 
and it shall be given unto you: good 
measure, pressed down, and shaken to- 
gether, and running over, shall men give 
into your bosom. And why beholdest thou 
the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but 
considerest not the beam that is in thine 
own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy 
brother, ‘Let me pull out the mote out of 
thine eye 3 ; and, behold, a beam is in thine 
own eye? Thou hypocrite! First cast out 
the beam out of thine own eye; and then 
shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote 
out of thy brother’s eye. 

“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs , 
Neither cast ye your pearls before swine , 

Lest they trample them under their feet, 

And turn again and rend you. 

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Ask, and it shall be given you: 

Seek, and ye shall find: 

Knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 

For every one that asketh receiveth; 

And he that seeketh findeth; 

And to him that knocketh it shall be opened . 

Or what man is there of you whom if his 
son ask breads will he give him a stone? 
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a ser- 
pent? If ye then, being evil, know how to 
give good gifts unto your children, how 
much more shall your Father which is in 
heaven give good things to them that ask 
him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye 
would that men should do to you, do ye 
even so to them: for this is the law and the 
prophets. 

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide 
is the gate, and broad is the way, that 
leadeth to destruction, and many there be 
which go in thereat: because strait is the 
gate, and narrow is the way, which lead- 
eth unto life, and few there be that 
find it. 


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“Beware of false prophets, which come 
to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly 
they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know 
them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes 
of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every 
good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but 
a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A 
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, 
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good 
fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth 
good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the 
fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall 
know them. 

“A good man, out of the good treasure 
of the heart, bringeth forth good things: 
and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, 
bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto 
you, that every idle word that men shall 
speak, they shall give account thereof in 
the day of judgment. For by thy words 
thou shalt be justified, and by thy words 
thou shalt be condemned. 

“Therefore whosoever heareth these say- 
ings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken 
him unto a wise man, which built his house 
upon a rock: and the rain descended, and 

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the floods came, and the winds blew, and 
beat upon that house; and it fell not: for 
it was founded upon a rock. And every one 
that heareth these sayings of mine, and 
doeth them not, shall be likened unto a 
foolish man, which built his house upon 
the sand: and the rain descended, and the 
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat 
upon that house; and it fell, and great was 
the fall of it . 55 

And it came to pass when Jesus had 
ended these sayings, the people were as- 
tonished at his doctrine: for he taught 
them as one having authority, and not as 
the scribes. 

When he was come down from the 
mountain, great multitudes followed him. 
And he went round about the villages, 
teaching: 

“Gome unto me, all ye that labour and 
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; 
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye 
shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke 
is easy, and my burden is fight.” 

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And one of the Pharisees desired him 
that he would eat with him. And he went 
into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to 
meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, 
which was a sinner, when she knew that 
Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, 
brought an alabaster box of ointment, and 
stood at his feet behind him weeping, and 
began to wash his feet with tears, and did 
wipe them with the hairs of her head, and 
kissed his feet, and anointed them with the 
ointment. 

Now, when the Pharisee which had bid- 
den him saw it, he spake within himself, 
saying, “This man, if he were a prophet, 
would have known who and what manner 
of woman this is that toucheth him; for she 
is a sinner.” 

And Jesus, answering, said unto him, 
“Simon, I have somewhat to say unto 
thee.” 

And he saith, “Master, say on.” 

“There was a certain creditor, which 
had two debtors: the one owed five hun- 
dred pence, and the other fifty. And when 
they had nothing to pay, he frankly for- 

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gave them both. Tell me, therefore, which 
of them will love him most ? 55 

Simon answered, and said, “I suppose 
that he to whom he forgave most . 55 

And he said unto him, “Thou hast 
rightly judged . 55 

And he turned to the woman and said 
unto Simon, “Seest thou this woman? I 
entered into thine house, thou gavest me 
no water for my feet: but she hath washed 
my feet with tears, and wiped them with 
the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no 
kiss: but this woman, since the time I came 
in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My 
head with oil thou didst not anoint: but 
this woman hath anointed my feet with 
ointment . 55 

There came then his brethren and his 
mother, and, standing without, sent unto 
him, calling him. And the multitude sat 
about him, and they said unto him, “Be- 
hold, thy mother and thy brethren with- 
out seek for thee . 55 

And he answered them, saying, “Who is 
my mother, or my brethren ? 55 

And he looked round about on them 

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which sat about him, and said, “Behold 
my mother and my brethren! For whoso- 
ever shall do the will of God, the same is 
my brother, and my sister, and mother.” 

In the mean time, when there were 
gathered together an innumerable multi- 
tude of people, insomuch that they trode 
one upon another, he began to say unto 
his disciples first of all, 

“Beware ye of the leaven of the Phari- 
sees, which is hypocrisy. For there is noth- 
ing covered, that shall not be revealed; 
neither hid* that shall not be known. 
Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in 
darkness, shall be heard in the light; and 
that which ye have spoken in the ear in 
closets shall be proclaimed upon the house- 
tops. 

“And I say unto you, my friends, ‘Be not 
afraid of them that kill the body, and after 
that have no more that they can do . 3 But I 
will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: 
Tear him, which, after he hath killed, 
hath power to cast into hell 3 ; yea, I say 
unto you, Tear him . 3 Are not five sparrows 
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sold for two farthings? And not one of them 
is forgotten before God. But even the very 
hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear 
not, therefore: ye are of more value than 
many sparrows . 35 

And one of the company said unto him, 
c 'Master, speak to my brother, that he di- 
vide the inheritance with me . 33 

And he said unto him, "Man, who made 
me a judge, or a divider over you ? 55 

And he said unto them, "Take heed, 
and beware of covetousness; for a man’s 
life consisteth not in the abundance of the 
things which he possesseth . 33 

And he spake a parable unto them, 
saying, 

"The ground of a certain rich man 
brought forth plentifully: And he thought 
within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, 
because I have no room where to bestow 
my fruits ? 3 And he said, 'This will I do: 
I will pull down my barns, and build 
greater; and there will I bestow all my 
fruits and my goods. And I will say to my 
soul, "Soul, thou hast much goods laid up 
for many years: take thine ease, eat, drink, 

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and be merry . 55 5 But God said unto him, 
‘Thou fool! this night thy soul shall be re- 
quired of thee; then whose shall those 
things be, which thou hast provided ? 5 So 
is he that layeth up treasure for himself, 
and is not rich toward God . 55 

And he said unto his disciples, 

“Therefore I say unto you, ‘Take no 
thought for your life, what ye shall eat; 
neither for the body, what ye shall put on . 5 
The life is more than meat and the body is 
more than raiment. Consider the ravens: 
for they neither sow nor reap; which 
neither have storehouse nor barn, and God 
feedeth them. How much more are ye 
better than the fowls? And which of you, 
with taking thought, can add to his stature 
one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that 
thing which is least, why take ye thought 
for the rest? Consider the lilies how they 
grow: they toil not, they spin not, and yet 
I say unto you, that Solomon, in all his 
glory, was not arrayed like one of these. 

“If then God so clothe the grass, which 
is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast 
into the oven; how much more will he 
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clothe you? O ye of little faith! And seek 
not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall 
drink; neither be ye of doubtful mind. 
For all these things do the nations of the 
world seek after: and your Father knoweth 
that ye have need of these things. But 
rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all 
these things shall be added unto you. 

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your 
Father’s good pleasure to give you the 
kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; 
provide yourselves bags which wax not 
old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth 
not, where no thief approacheth, neither 
moth corrupteth. For where your treasure 
is, there will your heart be also. 

“Let your loins be girded about, and 
your lights burning: and ye yourselves like 
unto men that wait for their lord, when he 
will return from the wedding; that when 
he cometh and knocketh, they may open 
unto him immediately. Blessed are those 
servants, whom the lord, when he cometh, 
shall find watching: verily I say unto you 
that he shall gird himself, and make them 
to sit down to meat, and will come forth 

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and serve them. And if he shall come in 
the second watch, or come in the third 
watch, and find them so, blessed are those 
servants. And this know, that if the good 
man of the house had known what hour 
the thief would come, he would have 
watched, and not have suffered his house 
to be broken through. Be ye, therefore, 
ready also: for the Son of Man cometh at 
an hour when ye think not . 55 

Then Peter said unto him, “Lord, speak- 
est thou this parable unto us, or even to 

an ? 55 

And the Lord said, “Who then is that 
faithful and wise steward, whom his lord 
shall make ruler over his household, to 
give them their portion of meat in due 
season? Blessed is that servant, whom his 
lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. 
Of a truth I say unto you, that he will 
make him ruler over all that he hath. 
But, and if that servant say in his heart, 
c My lord delayeth his coming 5 ; and shall 
begin to beat the men-servants, and maid- 
ens, and to eat and drink, and to be 
drunken; the lord of that servant will come 

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in a day when he looketh not for him, and 
at an hour when he is not aware, and will 
cut him in sunder. And that servant, which 
knew his lord’s will, and prepared not him- 
self, neither did according to his will, shall 
be beaten with many stripes. But he that 
knew not, and did commit things worthy 
of stripes shall be beaten with few stripes: 
for unto whomsoever much is given, of him 
shall be much required: and to whom men 
have committed much, of him they will 
ask the more.” 

And he said also to the people, 

“When ye see a cloud rise out of the 
west, straightway ye say, 'There cometh a 
shower,’ and so it is. And when ye see the 
south wind blow, ye say, 'There will be 
heat 5 ; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites! 
ye can discern the face of the sky and of the 
earth; but how is it, that ye do not discern 
this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves 
judge ye not what is right? 

“When thou goest with thine adversary 
to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, 
give diligence that thou mayest be deliv- 
ered from him; lest he hale thee to the 

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judge, and the judge deliver thee to the 
officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. 
I tell thee, ‘Thou shalt not depart thence, 
till thou hast paid the very last mite . 5 55 

There were present at that season some 
that told him of the Galileans, whose blood 
Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 
And Jesus, answering, said unto them, 
“Suppose ye that these Galileans were 
sinners above all the Galileans, because 
they suffered such things? I tell you, ‘Nay; 
but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise 
perish . 5 Or those eighteen upon whom the 
tower in Siloam fell, and slew them; think 
ye that they were sinners above all men 
that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, ‘Nay, 
but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise 
perish . 5 55 

He spake also this parable: 

“A certain man had a fig-tree planted in 
his vineyard; and he came and sought 
fruit thereon, and found none. Then said 
he unto the dresser of his vineyard, ‘Be- 
hold, these three years I come seeking fruit 
on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down; 

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why cumbereth it the ground ? 5 And he, 
answering, said unto him, ‘Lord, let it 
alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, 
and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well: and 
if not, then after that thou shalt cut it 
down . 5 55 

And as he spake, a certain Pharisee be- 
sought him to dine with him: and he went 
in, and sat down to meat. And when the 
Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had 
not first washed before dinner. And the 
Lord said unto him, 

“Now do ye Pharisees make clean the 
outside of the cup and the platter; but 
your inward part is full of ravening and 
wickedness. Ye fools! did not he that made 
that which is without, make that which is 
within also? But rather give alms of such 
things as ye have; and, behold, all things 
are clean unto you. But woe unto you, 
Pharisees! for ye tithe mint, and rue, and 
all manner of herbs, and pass over judg- 
ment and the love of God: these ought ye 
to have done, and not to leave the other 
undone. Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye 
love the uppermost seats in the syna- 

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gogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe 
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypo- 
crites! for ye are as graves which appear 
not, and the men that walk over them are 
not aware of them . 55 

Then answered one of the lawyers, and 
said unto him, “Master, thus saying, thou 
reproachest us also . 55 

And he said, “Woe unto you also, ye 
lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens 
grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves 
touch not the burdens with one of your 
fingers. Woe unto you, Lawyers! for ye 
have taken away the key of knowledge: ye 
entered not in yourselves, and them that 
were entering in ye hindered . 55 

And as he said these things unto them, 
the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge 
him vehemently, and to provoke him to 
speak of many things: laying wait for him, 
and seeking to catch something out of his 
mouth, that they might accuse him. 

The same day went Jesus out of the 
house, and sat by the sea side. And great 
multitudes were gathered together unto 

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him, so that he went into a ship and sat; 
and the whole multitude stood on the 
shore. And he spake many things unto 
them in parables, saying, 

“Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and, 
when he sowed some seeds fell by the way- 
side and the fowls came and devoured 
them. Some fell upon stony places, where 
they had not much earth: and forthwith 
they sprung up, because they had no deep- 
ness of earth: and when the sun was up, 
they were scorched: and, because they had 
not root, they withered away. And some 
fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung 
up and choked them. But other fell into 
good ground and brought forth fruit, some 
an hundred-fold, some sixty-fold, some 
thirty-fold. Who hath ears to hear, let him 
hear . 55 

And when he was alone, they that were 
about him, with the twelve, asked of him 
the parable. 

“Hear ye, therefore, the parable of the 
sower. When any one heareth the word of 
the kingdom, and understandeth it not, 
then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth 

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away that which was sown in his heart. 
This is he which received seed by the way- 
side. But he that received the seed in the 
stony places, the same is he that heareth 
the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 
yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth 
for a while; for when tribulation or perse- 
cution ariseth because of the word, by and 
by he is offended. He also that received 
seed among the thorns is he that heareth 
the word; and the care of this world, and 
the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, 
and he becometh unfruitful. But he that 
received seed into the good ground, is he 
that heareth the word and understandeth 
it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth 
forth, some an hundred-fold, some sixty, 
some thirty . 55 

And he said unto them, “Is a candle 
brought to be put under a bushel, or under 
a bed, and not to be set on a candlestick? 
For there is nothing hid which shall not be 
manifested; neither was any thing kept 
secret, but that it should come abroad. 
If any man have ears to hear, let him 
hear . 55 


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Another parable put he forth unto them, 
saying, 

“The kingdom of heaven is likened unto 
a man which sowed good seed in his field: 
but, while men slept, his enemy came and 
sowed tares among the wheat, and went 
his way. But when the blade was sprung 
up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared 
the tares also. So the servants of the house- 
holder came and said unto him, c Sir, didst 
not thou sow good seed in thy field? from 
whence then hath it tares ? 5 He said unto 
them, c An enemy hath done this . 5 The ser- 
vants said unto him, c Wilt thou then that 
we go and gather them up ? 5 But he said, 
c Nay, lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye 
root up also the wheat with them. Let both 
grow together until the harvest; and in the 
time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 
“Gather ye together first the tares, and 
bind them in bundles to burn them: but 
gather the wheat into my bam . 55 5 55 

Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and 
went into the house: and his disciples came 
unto him, saying, “Declare unto us the 
parable of the tares of the field . 55 

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He answered and said unto them, “He 
that soweth the good seed is the Son of 
Man; the field is the world; the good seed 
are the children of the kingdom; but the 
tares are the children of the wicked one; 
the enemy that sowed them is the devil; 
the harvest is the end of the world: and the 
reapers are the angels. As, therefore, the 
tares are gathered and burned in the fire; 
so shall it be in the end of this world. The 
Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and 
they shall gather out of his kingdom all 
things that offend, and them which do 
iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace 
of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing 
of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine 
forth as the sun in the kingdom of their 
Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him 
hear. 

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like 
unto treasure hid in a field; the which 
when a man hath found he hideth, and, 
for joy thereof, goeth and selleth all that 
he hath, and buyeth that field. 

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like 
unto a merchantman, seeking goodly 

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pearls, who, when he had found one pearl 
of great price, went and sold all that he 
had, and bought it. 

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like 
unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and 
gathered of every kind: which, when it 
was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, 
and gathered the good into vessels, but 
cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end 
of the world: the angels shall come forth, 
and sever the wicked from among the just, 
and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: 
there shall be wailing and gnashing of 
teeth . 55 

Jesus saith unto them, “Have ye under- 
stood all these things ? 55 

They say unto him, “Yea, Lord . 55 

Then said he unto them, 

“Therefore every scribe which is in- 
structed unto the kingdom of heaven is 
like unto a man that is an householder, 
which bringeth forth out of his treasure 
things new and old . 55 

And he said, “So is the kingdom of God, 
as if a man should cast seed into the 
ground; and should sleep and rise night 

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and day, and the seed should spring and 
grow up, he knoweth not how: for the 
earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first 
the blade, then the ear, after that the full 
com in the ear. But when the fruit is 
brought forth, immediately he putteth in 
the sickle, because the harvest is come . 55 

And he said, “Whereunto shall we liken 
the kingdom of God? or with what com- 
parison shall we compare it? It is like a 
grain of mustard seed, which, when it is 
sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds 
that be in the earth: But when it is sown, 
it groweth up, and becometh greater than 
all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; 
so that the fowls of the air may lodge under 
the shadow of it . 55 

And with many such parables spake he 
the word unto them, as they were able to 
hear it. But without a parable spake he not 
unto them: and when they were alone, he 
expounded all things to his disciples. 

And it came to pass, that, as they went 
in the way, a certain man said unto him, 
“Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever 
thou goest . 55 


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And Jesus said unto him, “Foxes have 
holes, and birds of the air have nests; but 
the Son of Man hath not where to lay his 
head / 5 

And he said unto another, “Follow me . 55 

But he said, “Lord, suffer me first to go 
and bury my father . 55 

Jesus said unto him, “Let the dead bury 
their dead: but go thou and preach the 
kingdom of God . 55 

And another also said, “Lord, I will fol- 
low thee: but let me first go bid them fare- 
well, which are at home at my house . 55 

And Jesus said unto him, “No man hav- 
ing put his hand to the plough, and look- 
ing back, is fit for the kingdom of God . 55 

And after these things, he went forth, 
and saw a publican named Levi, sitting at 
the receipt of custom: and he said unto 
him, “follow me . 55 And he left all, rose up, 
and followed him. And Levi made him a 
great feast in his own house; and many 
publicans and sinners sat also together 
with Jesus and his disciples: for there were 
many and they followed him. And when 
the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with 

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publicans and sinners, they said unto his 
disciples, “How is it that he eateth and 
drinketh with publicans and sinners?” 
When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, 
“They that are whole have no need of the 
physician, but they that are sick. I came 
not to call the righteous, but sinners to 
repentance.” 

And he spake also a parable unto them, 
“No man putteth a piece of a new garment 
upon an old; if otherwise, then both the 
new maketh a rent, and the piece that was 
taken out of the new agreeth not with the 
old. And no man putteth new wine into 
old bottles; else the new wine will burst 
the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles 
shall perish. But new wine must be put into 
new bottles; and both are preserved.” And 
it came to pass, that when Jesus had fin- 
ished these parables, he departed thence. 

And when he was come into his own 
country, he taught them in their syna- 
gogue, insomuch that they were aston- 
ished, and said, “Whence hath this man 
this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is 
not this the carpenter’s son? is not his 

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mother called Mary? and his brethren, 
James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 
And his sisters, are they not all with us? 
Whence then hath this man all these 
things ? 55 And they were offended in him. 

But Jesus said unto them, “A prophet is 
not without honour, save in his own coun- 
try, and in his own house . 55 

But when he saw the multitudes, he was 
moved with compassion on them, because 
they fainted, and were scattered abroad, 
as sheep having no shepherd. 

And he calleth unto him the twelve, and 
began to send them forth by two and two; 
and commanded them, saying, “Go not 
into the way of the Gentiles, and into any 
city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go 
rather to the lost sheep of the house of 
Israel. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor 
brass in your purses; nor script for your 
journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, 
nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy 
of his meat. And into whatsoever city or 
town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is 
worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 
And when ye come into an house, salute it; 

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and if the house be worthy, let your peace 
come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let 
your peace return to you. And whosoever 
shall not receive you, nor hear your words, 
when ye depart out of that house, or city, 
shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say 
unto you, ‘It shall be more tolerable for the 
land of Sodom and Gomorrha, in the day 
of judgment, than for that city/ 

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the 
midst of wolves: be ye, therefore, wise as 
serpents, and harmless as doves. But be- 
ware of men: for they will deliver you up 
to the councils, and they will scourge you 
in their synagogues: and ye shall be 
brought before governors and kings for my 
sake, for a testimony against them and the 
Gentiles. But when they persecute you in 
this city, flee ye into another: Fear them 
not, therefore: for there is nothing covered 
that shall not be revealed; and hid, that 
shall not be known. 

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak 
ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, 
that preach ye upon the housetops. And 
fear not them which kill the body, but are 

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not able to kill the soul: but rather fear 
him which is able to destroy both soul and 
body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for 
a farthing? and one of them shall not fall 
on the ground without your Father. But 
the very hairs of your head are all num- 
bered. Fear ye not, therefore, ye are of 
more value than many sparrows.” And 
they went out, and preached that men 
should repent. 

And the apostles gathered themselves 
together unto Jesus, and told him all 
things, both what they had done, and 
what they had taught. 

After these things Jesus walked in Gali- 
lee: for he would not walk in Jewry, be- 
cause the Jews sought to kill him. 

Then came together unto him, the Phar- 
isees, and certain of the scribes, which 
came from Jerusalem. And when they saw 
some of his disciples eat bread with defiled 
(that is to say, with unwashen) hands, they 
found fault: for the Pharisees, and all the 
Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat 
not, holding the tradition of the elders; 

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and when they come from the market, ex- 
cept they wash, they eat not. And many 
other things there be, which they have re- 
ceived to hold, as the washing of cups, and 
pots, and of brasen vessels, and tables. 
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, 
“Why walk not thy disciples according to 
the tradition of the elders, but eat bread 
with unwashen hands ? 55 

And when he had called all the people 
unto him, he said unto them, “Hearken 
unto me every one of you, and understand: 

“There is nothing from without a man, 
that entering into him can defile him: but 
the things which come out of him, those 
are they that defile the man. If any man 
have ears to hear, let him hear . 55 

And, when he was entered into the 
house from the people, his disciples asked 
him concerning the parable. And he saith 
unto them, “Are ye so without under- 
standing also? Do ye not perceive, that 
whatsoever thing from without entereth 
into the man, it cannot defile him because 
it enterest not into his heart, but into the 
belly, and goeth out into the draught, 

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purging all meats ? 55 And lie said, “That 
which cometh out of the man, that defileth 
the man: for from within, out of the heart 
of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, 
fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, 
wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil 
eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all 
these evil things come from within, and 
defile the man . 55 And from thence he arose, 
and went into the borders of Tyre and 
Sidon, and entered into an house, and 
would have no man know it: but he could 
not be hid. 

At the same time, came the disciples 
unto Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in 
the kingdom of heaven ? 55 And Jesus called 
a little child unto him, and set him in the 
midst of them, and said, “Verily I say 
unto you, c Except ye be converted, and 
become as little children, ye shall not enter 
into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, 
therefore shall humble himself as this little 
child, the same is greatest in the kingdom 
of heaven . 5 

“Woe unto the world because of offences! 

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for It must needs be that offences come; 
but woe to that man by whom the offence 
cometh! Wherefore, if thy hand or thy foot 
offend thee, cut them off, and cast them 
from thee: it is better for thee to enter into 
life halt or maimed, rather than having 
two hands, or two feet, to be cast into ever- 
lasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, 
pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is 
better for thee to enter into life with one 
eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast 
into hellfire. 

“How think ye? if a man have an hun- 
dred sheep, and one of them be gone 
astray, doth he not leave the ninety and 
nine, and goeth into the mountains, and 
seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so 
be that he find it, verily I say unto you, 
‘He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of 
the ninety and nine which went not 
astray. 3 Even so it is not the will of your 
Father which is in heaven, that one of 
these little ones should perish. 

“Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass 
against thee, go and tell him his fault be- 
tween thee and him alone: if he shall hear 
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thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But 
if he will not hear thee, then take with thee 
one or two more, that in the mouth of two 
or three witnesses every word may be es- 
tablished. And if he shall neglect to hear 
them, tell it unto the church: but if he 
neglect to hear the church, let him be unto 
thee as an heathen man and a publican . 55 

Then came Peter to him, and said, 
“Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against 
me, and I forgive him? till seven times ? 55 

Jesus saith unto him, “I say not unto 
thee, ‘until seven times 5 : but, ‘until seventy 
times seven . 5 

“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven 
likened unto a certain king, which would 
take account of his servants. And when he 
had begun to reckon, one was brought 
unto him, which owed him ten thousand 
talents. But forasmuch as he had not to 
pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, 
and his wife, and children, and all that he 
had, and payment to be made. The ser- 
vant, therefore fell down, and worshipped 
him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, 
and I will pay thee all . 5 Then the lord of 

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that servant was moved with compassion, 
and loosed him, and forgave him the 
debt. 

“But the same servant went out, and 
found one of his fellow-servants, which 
owed him an hundred pence: and he laid 
hands on him, and took him by the throat, 
saying, Tay me that thou owest . 5 And his 
fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and be- 
sought him, saying, ‘Have patience with 
me, and I will pay thee all . 3 And he would 
not: but went and cast him into prison, 
till he should pay the debt. So when his 
fellow-servants saw what was done, they 
were very sorry, and came and told unto 
their lord all that was done. Then his lord, 
after that he had called him, said unto 
him, c O thou wicked servant, I forgave 
thee all that debt, because thou desirest 
me: shouldest not thou also have had com- 
passion on thy fellow-servant, even as I 
had pity on thee ? 5 And his lord was wroth, 
and delivered him to the tormentors, till 
he should pay all that was due unto him. 
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do 
also unto you, if ye from your hearts for- 

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give not every one ids brother their tres- 
passes . 55 

After these things the Lord appointed 
other seventy also, and sent them two and 
two before his face into every city and 
place, whither he himself would come. 

Therefore said he unto them, “The har- 
vest truly is great, but the labourers are 
few: pray ye therefore the lord of the har- 
vest, that he would send forth labourers 
into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I 
send you forth as lambs among wolves. 
Carry neither purse, nor script, nor shoes: 
and salute no man by the way. And into 
whatsoever house ye enter, first say, ‘Peace 
be to this house . 5 And if the Son of Peace 
be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if 
not, it shall turn to you again. And in the 
same house remain, eating and drinking 
such things as they give: for the labourer is 
worthy of his hire. Go not from house to 
house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, 
and they receive you, eat such things as are 
set before you. But into whatsoever city ye 
enter, and they receive you not, go your 

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ways out into the streets of the same, and 
say, ‘Even the very dust of your city, which 
cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: 
notwithstanding, be ye sure of this, that 
the kingdom of God is - come nigh unto 
you . 5 But I say unto you, that it shall be 
more tolerable in that day for Sodom than 
for that city . 35 

Now the Jews 3 feast of tabernacles was 
at hand. His brethren, therefore, said unto 
him, “Depart hence, and go into Judea, 
that thy disciples also may see the works 
that thou doest: for there is no man that 
doeth any thing in secret, and he himself 
seeketh to be known openly. If thou do 
these things, shew thyself to the world . 33 
For neither did his brethren believe in 
him. 

Then Jesus said unto them, “My time is 
not yet come: but your time is alway 
ready. The world cannot hate you: but 
me it hateth, because I testify of it, that 
the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto 
this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; 
for my time is not yet full come . 33 

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When he had said these words unto 
them, he abode still in Galilee. But when 
his brethren were gone up, then went he 
also up unto the feast, not openly, but as 
it were in secret. Then the Jews sought him 
at the feast, and said, cc Where is he ? 53 And 
there was much murmuring among the 
people concerning him: for some said, 
“He is a good man . 55 Others said, “Nay, 
but he deceiveth the people . 55 Howbeit no 
man spake openly of him for fear of the 
Jews. 

Now, about the midst of the feast, Jesus 
went up into the temple, and taught. And 
the Jews marvelled, saying, “How knoweth 
this man letters, having never learned ? 55 

Jesus answered them, and said, “Did not 
Moses give you the law, and yet none of 
you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to 
kill me ? 55 

The people answered, and said, “Thou 
hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee ? 35 

Jesus answered, and said unto them, “I 
have done one work and ye all marvel. 
Moses, therefore, gave unto you circum- 
cision (not because it is of Moses, but of 

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the fathers), and ye on the sabbath-day 
circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath- 
day receive circumcision, that the law of 
Moses should not be broken; are ye angry 
at me, because I have made a man every 
whit whole on the sabbath-day? Judge not 
according to the appearance, but judge 
righteous judgment.” 

Then said some of them of Jerusalem, 
“Is not this he whom they seek to kill? 
But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say 
nothing unto him. Do the rulers know in- 
deed that this is the very Christ?” 

The Pharisees heard that the people 
murmured such things concerning him; 
and the Pharisees, and the chief priest sent 
officers to take him. 

So there was a division among the 
people because of him. And some of them 
would have taken him: but no man laid 
hands on him. Then came the officers to 
the chief priests and Pharisees; and they 
said unto them, “Why have ye not brought 
him?” 

The officers answered, “Never man 
spake like this man.” 

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Then answered them the Pharisees, “Are 
ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers, 
or of the Pharisees, believed in him? But 
this people who knoweth not the law are 
cursed . 55 

Nicodemus saith unto them (he that 
came to Jesus by night, being one of them), 
“Doth our law judge any man before it 
hear him, and know what he doeth ? 55 

They answered and said unto him, “Art 
thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: 
for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet . 55 

And every man went unto his own house. 

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 
And early in the morning he came again 
into the temple, and all the people came 
unto him: and he sat down and taught 
them. And the scribes and Pharisees 
brought unto him a woman taken in adul- 
tery; and when they had set her in the 
midst, they say unto him, 

“Master, this woman was taken in adul- 
tery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law 
commanded us that such should be stoned: 
but what sayest thou ? 55 

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This they said, tempting him, that they 
might have to accuse him. But Jesus 
stooped down, and with his finger wrote on 
the ground, as though he heard them not. 
So when they continued asking him, he 
lifted up himself, and said unto them, 

“He that is without sin among you, let 
him first cast a stone at her.” And again he 
stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 
And they which heard it, being convicted 
by their own conscience, went out one by 
one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the 
last: and Jesus was left alone, and the 
woman standing in the midst. When Jesus 
had lifted up himself, and saw none but 
the woman, he said unto her, 

“Woman, where are those thine accus- 
ers? Hath no man condemned thee?” 

She said, “No man, Lord.” And Jesus 
said unto her, 

“Neither do I condemn thee: go, and 
sin no more.” 

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man 
which was blind from his birth. And his 
disciples asked him, saying, “Master, who 

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did sin, this man, or his parents, that he 
was born blind?” 

Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man 
sinned, nor his parents: but that the works 
of God should be made manifest in him . 55 

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, c He that 
entereth not by the door into the sheep- 
fold but climbeth up some other way, the 
same is a thief and a robber. But he that 
entereth in by the door, is the shepherd of 
the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and 
the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his 
own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, 
he goeth before them, and the sheep follow 
him: for they know his voice. And a 
stranger will they not follow, but will flee 
from him: for they know not the voice of 
strangers. 


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TWO 


<C I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD: THE GOOD 

shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But 
he that is an hireling., and not the shep- 
herd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth 
the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, 
and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, 
and scattereth the sheep. The hireling 
fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth 
not for the sheep. 

CC I am the good shepherd, and know my 
sheep, and am known of mine. And other 
sheep I have, which are not of this fold: 
them also I must bring, and they shall hear 
my voice; and there shall be one fold, and 
one shepherd . 55 


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And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, 
and tempted him, saying, “Master, what 
shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 

He said unto him, “What is written in 
the law? how readest thou?” 

And he answering said, “Thou shalt love 
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and 
with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, 
and with all thy mind: and thy neigh- 
bour as thyself.” 

And he said unto him, “Thou hast an- 
swered right: this do, and thou shalt 
live.” 

But he, willing to justify himself, said 
unto Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” 
And Jesus, answering, said, 

“A certain man went down from Jeru- 
salem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, 
which stripped him of his raiment, and 
wounded him, and departed, leaving him 
half dead. And, by chance, there came 
down a certain priest that way; and when 
he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the 
place, came and looked on him, and passed 
by on the other side. But a certain Samari- 

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tan, as he journeyed, came where he was: 
and when he saw him, he had compassion 
on him. And went to him, and bound up 
his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and 
set him on his own beast, and brought him 
to an inn, and took care of him. And on 
the morrow, when he departed, he took 
out two pence, and gave them to the host, 
and said unto him, ‘Take care of him: and 
whatsoever thou spendest more, when I 
come again, I will repay thee.’ Which 
now of these three thickest thou was a 
neighbour unto him that fell among the 
thieves?” 

And he said, “He that shewed mercy on 
him.” 

Then said Jesus unto him, “Go, and do 
thou likewise.” 

And it came to pass, that as he was pray- 
ing in a certain place, when he ceased, one 
ofhis disciples said unto him, “Lord, teach 
us to pray, as John also taught his dis- 
ciples.” 

And he said unto them, “When ye pray, 
say. 


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“Our Father which art in heaven. 

Hallowed be thy name. 

Thy kingdom come. 

Thy will be done. 

As in heaven. 

So in earth. 

Give us day by day 
Our daily bread. 

And forgive us our sins; 

For we also forgive every one that is indebted 
to us. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

But deliver us from evilT 

And he said unto them, 

“Which of you shall have a friend, and 
shall go unto him at midnight, and say 
unto him, Triend, lend me three loaves: 
for a friend of mine in his journey is come 
to me, and I have nothing to set before 
him 5 ? And he from within shall answer, 
and say, Trouble me not: the door is now 
shut, and my children are with me in bed; 
I cannot rise and give thee . 5 

T say unto you. Though he will not 
rise and give him, because he is his 

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friend; yet because of his importunity 
he will rise and give him as many as he 
needeth . 3 

“And I say unto you, ‘Ask, and it shall 
be given you, seek, and ye shall find: 
knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 
For every one that asketh, receiveth; and 
he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that 
knocketh, it shall be opened. If a son shall 
ask bread of any of you that is a father, 
will he give him a stone? or, if he ask a 
fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 
Or, if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him 
a scorpion? If ye then, being evil know 
how to give good gifts unto your children; 
how much more shall your heavenly 
Father give the Holy Spirit to them that 
ask him ? 3 33 

And it came to pass, as he went into the 
house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat 
bread on the sabbath-day, that they 
watched him. And, behold, there was a 
certain man before him, which had the 
dropsy. And Jesus, answering, spake unto 
the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it 

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lawful to heal on the sabbath-day ? 55 And 
they held their peace. 

And he saith unto them, “Which of you 
shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, 
and will not straightway pull him out on 
the sabbath-day ? 55 And they could not 
answer him again to these things. 

And he put forth a parable to those 
which were bidden, when he marked how 
they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto 
them, 

“When thou art bidden of any man to a 
wedding, sit not down in the highest room; 
lest a more honourable man than thou be 
bidden of him, and he that bade thee and 
him come and say to thee, ‘Give this man 
place , 5 and thou begin with shame to take 
the lowest room. But when thou art bid- 
den, go and sit down in the lowest room; 
that when he that bade thee cometh, he 
may say unto thee, ‘Friend, go up higher 5 : 
then shalt thou have worship in the pres- 
ence of them that sit at meat with thee: for 
whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; 
and he that humbleth himself shall be 
exalted . 55 


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Then said he also to him that bade him, 
4 c When thou makest a dinner or a sup- 
per, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, 
neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neigh- 
bours; lest they also bid thee again, and a 
recompense be made thee. But when thou 
makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, 
the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be 
blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: 
for thou shalt be recompensed at the resur- 
rection of the just.” 

Then said he unto him, 

CC A certain man made a great supper, 
and bade many: and sent his servant at 
supper-time to say to them that were bid- 
den, ‘Come, for all things are now ready . 5 
And they all with one consent began to 
make excuse. The first said unto him, ‘I 
have bought a piece of ground, and I must 
needs go and see it: I pray thee have me 
excused . 5 And another said, T have bought 
five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: 
I pray thee have me excused . 5 And another 
said, T have married a wife; and therefore 
I cannot come . 5 So that servant came, and 
shewed his lord these things. Then the 
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master of the house, being angry, said to 
his servant, c Go out quickly into the streets 
and lanes of the city, and bring in hither 
the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, 
and the blind . 3 And the servant said, 
‘Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, 
and yet there is room . 3 And the lord said 
unto the servant, c Go out into the high- 
ways and hedges, and compel them to 
come in, that my house may be filled. For 
I say unto you that none of those men 
which were bidden shall taste of my 
supper . 3 

“For which of you, intending to build a 
tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth 
the cost, whether he have sufficient to fin- 
ish it? lest haply, after he hath laid the 
foundation, and is not able to finish it, all 
that behold it begin to mock him, saying, 
‘This man began to build, and was not 
able to finish . 3 Or what king, going to 
make war against another king, sitteth not 
down first, and consulteth whether he be 
able with ten thousand to meet him that 
cometh against him with twenty thousand? 
Or else, while the other is yet a great way 

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off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth 
conditions of peace. 35 

Then drew near unto him all the publi- 
cans and sinners for to hear him. And the 
Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, 
“This man receiveth sinners, and eateth 
with them. 33 

And he spake this parable unto them, 
saying, 

“What man of you, having an hundred 
sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not 
leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, 
and go after that which is lost, until he 
find it? And when he hath found it, he 
layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And 
when he cometh home, he calleth together 
his friends and neighbours, saying unto 
them, ‘Rejoice with me; for I have found 
my sheep which was lost. 3 1 say unto you, 
that likewise joy shall be in heaven over 
one sinner that repenteth, more than over 
ninety and nine just persons, which need 
no repentance. 

“Either what woman, having ten pieces 
of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not 
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light a candle, and sweep the house, and 
seek diligently till she find it? And when 
she hath found it, she calleth her friends 
and her neighbours together, saying, ‘Re- 
joice with me; for I have found the piece 
which I had lost . 5 Likewise, I say unto you, 
there is joy in the presence of the angels of 
God, over one sinner that repenteth . 55 

And he said, 

“A certain man had two sons: and the 
younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, 
give me the portion of goods that falleth to 
me . 5 And he divided unto them his living. 
And not many days after the younger son 
gathered all together, and took his journey 
into a far country, and there wasted his 
substance with riotous living. And when he 
had spent all, there arose a mighty famine 
in that land; and he began to be in want. 
And he went and joined himself to a citizen 
of that country; and he sent him into his 
fields to feed swine. And he would fain 
have filled his belly with the husks that the 
swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 

“And when he came to himself, he said, 
‘How many hired servants of my father’s 

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have bread enough, and to spare, and I 
perish with hunger! I will arise, and go to 
my father, and will say unto him, “Father, 
I have sinned against heaven, and before 
thee, and am no more worthy to be called 
thy son: make me as one of thy hired 
servants.” 5 

“And he arose, and came to his father. 
But, when he was yet a great way off, his 
father saw him, and had compassion, and 
ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 
And the son said unto him, "Father, I have 
sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, 
and am no more worthy to be called thy 
son/ But the father said to his servants, 
"Bring forth the best robe, and put it on 
him; and put a ring on his hand, and 
shoes on his feet: and bring hither the 
fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and 
be merry: for this my son was dead, and 
is alive again; he was lost, and is found . 5 
And they began to be merry. 

""Now, his elder son was in the field: 
and as he came and drew nigh to the 
house, he heard musick and dancing. And 
he called one of the servants, and asked 
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what these things meant. And he said 
unto him, ‘Thy brother is come; and thy 
father hath killed the fatted calf, because 
he hath received him safe and sound . 5 
And he was angry, and would not go 
in: therefore came his father out, and 
entreated him. And he, answering, said 
to his father, ‘Lo, these many years do I 
serve thee, neither transgressed I at any 
time thy commandment; and yet thou 
never gavest me a kid, that I might make 
merry with my friends: but as soon as this 
thy son was come, which hath devoured 
thy living with harlots, thou has killed for 
him the fatted calf.’ And he said unto 
him, ‘Son, thou art ever with me, and all 
that I have is thine. It was meet that we 
should make merry, and be glad: for this 
thy brother was dead, and is alive again; 
and was lost, and is found . 5 ” 

Of the unjust steward. 

And he said also unto his disciples, 

“There was a certain rich man, which 
had a steward; and the same was accused 
unto him that he had wasted his goods. 

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And lie called him, and said unto him, 
‘How is it that I hear this of thee? give 
an account of thy stewardship; for thou 
mayest be no longer steward . 9 Then the 
steward said within himself, ‘What shall 
I do, for my lord taketh away from me 
the stewardship? I cannot dig; to beg I am 
ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, 
when I am put out of the stewardship, 
they may receive me into their houses . 5 
So he called every one of his lord’s debtors 
unto him, and said unto the first, ‘How 
much owest thou unto my lord ? 9 And he 
said, ‘An hundred measures of oil . 9 And 
he said unto him, ‘Take thy bill, and sit 
down quickly, and write fifty . 9 Then said 
he to another, ‘And how much owest 
thou ? 9 And he said, ‘An hundred measures 
of wheat . 5 And he said unto him, ‘Take 
thy bill, and write fourscore . 9 And the 
lord commended the unjust steward, be- 
cause he had done wisely: for the children 
of this world are in their generation wiser 
than the children of light. And I say unto 
you, ‘Make to yourselves friends of the 
mammon of unrighteousness ; that, when 

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ye fail, they may receive you into ever- 
lasting habitations. He that is faithful in 
that which is least, is faithful also in much; 
and he that is unjust in the least, is unjust 
also in much. If, therefore, ye have not 
been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, 
who will commit to your trust the true 
riches? And if ye have not been faithful in 
that which is another man’s, who shall 
give you that which is your own? 5 

“No servant can serve two masters: for 
either he will hate the one, and love the 
other; or else he will hold to the one, and 
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God 
and mammon.” 

And the Pharisees also, who were covet- 
ous, heard all these things: and they de- 
rided him. And he said unto them, 

“Ye are they which justify yourselves 
before men; but God knoweth your hearts: 
for that which is highly esteemed among 
men is abomination in the sight of God.” 

“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and 
marrieth another, committeth adultery: 
and whosoever marrieth her that is put 

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away from lier husband, committeth 
adultery. 

“There was a certain rich man, which 
was clothed in purple and fine linen, and 
fared sumptuously every day: and there 
was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, 
which was laid at his gate full of sores, 
and desiring to be fed with the crumbs 
which fell from the rich man’s table: 
moreover, the dogs came and licked his 
sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar 
died, and was carried by the angels into 
Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also 
died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted 
up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth 
Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his 
bosom. 

“And he cried, and said, ‘Father Abra- 
ham, have mercy on me; and send Lazarus, 
that he may dip the tip of his finger in 
water, and cool my tongue; for I am tor- 
mented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, 
‘Son, remember that thou in thy life time 
receivedst thy good things, and likewise 
Lazarus evil things: but now he is com- 
forted, and thou art tormented. And, 

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besides all this, between ns and you there 
is a great gulf fixed: so that they which 
would pass from hence to you cannot; 
neither can they pass to us, that would 
come from thence . 5 

“Then he said, T pray thee, therefore, 
father, that thou wouldest send him to my 
father’s house: for I have five brethren; 
that he may testify unto them, lest they 
also come into this place of torment . 5 
Abraham saith unto him, "They have 
Moses and the prophets: let them hear 
them . 5 

“And he said, "Nay, Father Abraham: 
but if one went unto them from the dead, 
they will repent . 5 And he said unto him, 
"If they hear not Moses and the prophets, 
neither will they be persuaded though 
one rose from the dead . 5 55 

To avoid giving offence. 

Then said he unto the disciples, 

""It is impossible but that offences will 
come: but woe unto him through whom 
they come. It were better for him that a 
mill-stone were hanged about his neck, 

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and he cast into the sea, than that he 
should offend one of these little ones. 
Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother 
trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he 
repent, forgive him. And if he trespass 
against thee seven times in a day, and 
seven times in a day turn again to thee, 
saying, T repent 5 ; thou shalt forgive him. 

“But which of you having a servant 
plowing, or feeding cattle, will say unto 
hi m by and by, when he is come from the 
field, ‘Go and sit down to meat 5 ? and 
will not rather say unto him, ‘Make ready 
wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, 
and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; 
and afterward thou shalt eat and drink 5 ? 
Doth he thank that servant because he did 
the things that were commanded him? I 
trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall 
have done all those things which are com- 
manded you, say, ‘We are unprofitable 
servants: we have done that which was our 
duty to do. 5 55 

And when he was demanded of the 
Pharisees, when the kingdom of God 
should come, he answered them, and said, 

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“The kingdom of God cometh not with 
observation . 55 

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so 
shall it be also in the days of the Son of 
Man: they did eat, they drank, they mar- 
ried wives, they were given in marriage, 
until the day that Noe entered into the 
ark; and the flood came, and destroyed 
them all. Likewise also, as it was in the 
days of Lot, they did eat, they drank, they 
bought, they sold, they planted, they 
builded: but the same day that Lot went 
out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone 
from heaven, and destroyed them all. 
Even thus shall it be in the day when the 
Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he 
which shall be upon the house-top, and 
his stuff in the house, let him not come 
down to take it away: and he that is in 
the field, let him likewise not return back. 
Remember Lot's wife. 

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life 
shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his 
life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that 
night there shall be two men in one bed; 

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the one shall be taken, and the other shall 
be left. Two women shall be grinding 
together; the one shall be taken, and the 
other left. Two men shall be in the field; 
the one shall be taken, and the other left . 55 

The importunate widow. 

And he spake a parable unto them, to 
this end, that men ought always to pray, 
and not to faint, saying, 

“There was in a city a judge, which 
feared not God, neither regarded man: 
And there was a widow in that city; and 
she came unto him, saying, Avenge me 
of mine adversary/ And he would not for 
a while: but afterward he said within 
himself, ‘Though I fear not God, nor re- 
gard man; yet, because this widow trou- 
bled! me, I will avenge her, lest by her 
continual coming she weary me . 5 And the 
Lord said, c Hear what the unjust judge 
saith . 5 And shall not God avenge his own 
elect, which cry day and night unto him, 
though he bear long with them? I tell you, 
that he will avenge them speedily. Never- 
theless, when .the Son of Man cometh, 

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shall he find faith on the earth? 55 

And he spake this parable unto certain 
which trusted in themselves, that they 
were righteous, and despised others: 

“Two men went up into the temple to 
pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a 
publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed 
thus with himself, c God, I thank thee, that 
I am not as other men are, extortioners, 
unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all 
that I possess. 5 And the publican, standing 
afar off, would not lift up so much as his 
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, 
saying, c God be merciful to me a sinner. 5 1 
tellyou, this man went down to his house jus- 
tified rather than the other: for every one 
that exalteth himself shall be abased: and 
he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 55 

Now it came to pass, as they went, that 
he entered into a certain village: and a 
certain woman, named Martha, received 
him into her house. And she had a sister 
called Mary, which also sat at Jesus 5 feet, 
and heard his word. But Martha was 

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cumbered about much serving, and came 
to him and said, “Lord, dost thou not care 
that my sister hath left me to serve alone? 
Bid her, therefore, that she help me . 55 

And Jesus, answered, and said unto her, 
“Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and 
troubled about many things: but one thing 
is needful: and Mary hath chosen that 
good part which shall not be taken away 
from her . 55 

And it came to pass, that, when Jesus 
had finished these sayings, he departed 
from Galilee, and came into the coasts of 
Judea beyond Jordan: and great multi- 
tudes followed him. 

The Pharisees also came unto him, 
tempting him, and saying unto him, “Is 
it lawful for a man to put away his wife 
for every cause ? 59 

And he answered and said unto them, 
“Have ye not read, that He which made 
them at the beginning, made them male 
and female ? 55 And said, “For this cause 
shall a man leave father and mother, and 
shall cleave to his wife; and they twain 

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shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no 
more twain, but one flesh. What, there- 
fore, God hath joined together, let no man 
put asunder . 55 

They say unto him, “Why did Moses 
then command to give a writing of divorce- 
ment, and to put her away ? 55 

He saith unto them, “Moses, because 
of the hardness of your hearts, suffered 
you to put away your wives: but from the 
beginning it was not so. And I say unto 
you, "Whosoever shall put away his wife, 
except it be for fornication, and shall 
marry another, committeth adultery: and 
whoso marrieth her which is put away 
doth commit adultery . 5 55 

His disciples say unto him, “If the case 
of the man be so with his wife, it is not 
good to marry . 55 

But he said unto them, “All men cannot 
receive this saying, save they to whom it 
is given. For there are some eunuchs, 
which were so bom from their* 

^Editor's note: The following is the rest of the verse 
from Matt: 19 which Thomas Jefferson omitted: 
Mother’s womb; and there are some eunuchs, which 
were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, 
which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom 

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of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive 
it, let him receive it.” 

Then were there brought unto him 
little children, that he should put his 
hands on them and pray: and the disciples 
rebuked them. But Jesus said, 

“Suffer little children, and forbid them 
not to come unto me: for of such is the 
kingdom ofheaven.” And he laid his hands 
on them, and departed thence. 

And behold, one came and said unto 
him, “Good master, what good thing 
shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” 
And he said unto him, “Why callest 
thou me good? there is none good but one, 
that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into 
life, keep the commandments.” 

He saith unto him, “Which?” 

Jesus said, 

“ Thou shalt do no murder , 

Thou shalt not commit adultery , 

Thou shalt not steal, 

Thou shalt not bear false witness, 

Honour thy father and thy mother: and, 

Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself ” 
The young man saith unto him, “All 
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these things have I kept from my youth 
up: what lack I yet ? 55 

Jesus said unto him, “If thou wilt be 
perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and 
give to the poor, and thou shalt have 
treasure in heaven; and come and follow 

55 

me. 

'But when the young man heard that 
saying, he went away sorrowful: for he 
had great possessions. 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, 

“Verily I say unto you that a rich man 
shall hardly enter into the kingdom of 
heaven. And again I say unto you, Tt 
is easier for a camel to go through the eye 
of a needle, than for a rich man to enter 
into the kingdom of God . 5 55 

When his disciples heard it, they were 
exceedingly amazed, saying, “Who then 
can be saved ? 55 

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto 
them, 

“With men this is impossible; but with 
God all things are possible . 55 





THREE 


The labourers in the vineyard . 

CC FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE 

unto a man that is an householder, which 
went out early in the morning to hire 
labourers into his vineyard. And when he 
had agreed with the labourers for a penny 
a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 
And he went out about the third hour, 
and saw others standing idle in the market- 
place, and said unto them, ‘Go ye also 
into the vineyard: and whatsoever is right 
I will give you . 5 And they went their way. 
Again he went out about the sixth and 
ninth hour, and did likewise. And about 
the eleventh hour he went out, and found 
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others standing idle, and saith unto them, 
‘Why stand ye here all the day idle?’ 
“They say unto him, ‘Because no man 
hath hired us.’ 

“He saith unto them, ‘Go ye also into 
the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, 
that shall ye receive.’ 

“So when even was come, the lord of 
the vineyard saith unto his steward, ‘Call 
the labourers, and give them their hire, 
beginning from the last unto the first.’ 
And when they came that were hired 
about the eleventh hour, they received 
every man a penny. But when the first 
came, they supposed that they should 
have received more; and they likewise 
received every man a penny. And when 
they had received it, they murmured 
against the good man of the house, saying, 
“ ‘These last have wrought but one hour, 
and thou hast made them equal unto us, 
which have borne the burden and heat of 
the day.’ 

“But he answered one of them, and said, 
“ ‘Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst 
not thou agree with me for a penny? Take 

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that thine is, and go thy way: I will give 
unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not 
lawful for me to do what I will with mine 
own? is thine eye evil because I am good?’ 
So the last shall be first, and the first last: 
for many be called, but few chosen . 55 

The publican ^accheus . 

And Jesus entered and passed through 
Jericho. And, behold, there was a man 
named Zaccheus, which was the chief 
among the publicans, and he was rich. 
And he sought to see Jesus who he was: 
and could not for the press, because he was 
little of stature. And he ran before, and 
climbed up into a sycamore-tree to see 
him; for he was to pass that way. And, 
when Jesus came to the place, he looked 
up, and saw him, and said unto him, 

“Zaccheus, make haste, and come down; 
for today I must abide at thy house .’ 5 And 
he made haste, and came down, and re- 
ceived him joyfully. And when they saw 
it, they all murmured, saying, that he 
was gone to be guest with a man that is a 
sinner. 


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And Zaccheus stood, and said unto the 
Lord, 

“Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I 
give to the poor; and if I have taken any 
thing from any man by false accusation, 
I restore him fourfold.” 

And Jesus said unto him, 

“This day is salvation come to this 
house, forasmuch as he also is a son of 
Abraham. For the Son of Man is come to 
seek and to save that which was lost.” 
And, as they heard these things, he 
added, and spake a parable, because he 
was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they 
thought that the kingdom of God should 
immediately appear. He said, therefore, 
“A certain nobleman went into a far 
country to receive for himself a kingdom, 
and to return. And he called his ten serv- 
ants, and delivered them ten pounds, and 
said unto them, ‘Occupy till I come/ But 
his citizens hated him and sent a message 
after him, saying, ‘We will not have this 
man to reign over us/ 

“And it came to pass, that when he was 
returned, having received the kingdom, 
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then he commanded these servants to be 
called unto him, to whom he had given 
the money, that he might know how much 
every man had gained by trading. 

“Then came the first, saying, c Lord, 
thy pound hath gained ten pounds . 9 

“And he said unto him, ‘Well, thou 
good servant; because thou hast been 
faithful in a very little, have thou au- 
thority over ten cities . 9 

“And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, 
thy pound hath gained five pounds . 9 

“And he said likewise to him, ‘Be thou 
also over five cities . 9 

“And another came, saying, ‘Lord, 
behold, here is thy pound which I have 
kept laid up in a napkin: for I feared thee, 
because thou art an austere man; thou 
takest up that thou layedst not down, and 
reapest that thou didst not sow . 9 

“And he saith unto him, ‘Out of thine 
own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked 
servant. Thou knewest that I was an 
austere man, taking up that I laid not 
down, and reaping that I did not sow: 
Wherefore then ga vest not thou my money 
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into the bank* that at my coming I might 
have required mine own with usury ? 5 

“And he said unto them that stood by, 
‘Take from him the pound, and give it to 
him that hath ten pounds . 5 55 

(And they said unto him, “Lord, he hath 
ten pounds. 55 ) 

“For I say unto you that unto every one 
which hath, shall be given; and from him 
that hath not, even that he hath, shall be 
taken away from him. But those mine 
enemies, which would not that I should 
reign over them, bring hither, and slay 
them before me . 55 

And when he had thus spoken, he went 
before, ascending up to Jerusalem. 

And when they drew nigh unto Jerusa- 
lem, and were come to Bethpage, unto 
the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two 
disciples, saying unto them, 

“Go into the village over against you, 
and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, 
and a colt with her: loose them, and bring 
them unto me. And if any man say aught 
unto you, ye shall say, ‘The Lord hath 

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need of them’; and straightway he will 
send them.” And the disciples went, and 
did as Jesus commanded them, and 
brought the ass, and the colt, and put 
on them their clothes and they set him 
thereon. 

And a very great multitude spread their 
garments in the way, others cut down 
branches from the trees, and strawed 
them in the way. And when he was come 
into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, 
saying, “Who is this?” 

The Pharisees, therefore, said among 
themselves, “Perceive ye how ye prevail 
nothing? behold, the world is gone after 
him.” 

And there were certain Greeks among 
them, that came up to worship at the 
feast: the same came, therefore, to Philip, 
which was of Beths aida of Galilee, and 
desired him, saying, “Sir, we would see 
Jesus.” Philip cometh and telleth Andrew; 
and again, Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 

And Jesus answered them, saying, 

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, except 
a com of wheat fall into the ground and 
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die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it 
bringeth forth much fruit.” 

And he left them, and went out of the 
city into Bethany; and he lodged there. 

And on the morrow, when they were 
come from Bethany, Jesus went into the 
temple, and began to cast out them that 
sold and bought in the temple, and over- 
threw the tables of the money-changers, 
and the seats of them that sold doves; and 
would not suffer that any man should 
carry any vessel through the temple. And 
he taught, saying unto them, 

“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be 
called of all nations the house of prayer? 
but ye have made it a den of thieves.” And 
the scribes and chief priests heard it, and 
sought how they might destroy him: for 
they feared him, because all the people 
was astonished at his doctrine. 

And when even was come he went out 
of the city. 

And they come again to Jerusalem: and 
as he was walking in the temple, there 
come to him the chief priests, and the 
scribes, and the elders. 

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And he said unto them, 

“But what think ye, A certain man had 
two sons; and he came to the first, and 
said, c Son, go work today in my vineyard . 9 
He answered and said, ‘I will not 9 : but 
afterward he repented, and went. And 
he came to the second, and said likewise. 
And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir 9 : and 
went not. Whether of them twain did the 
will of his father ? 99 
They say unto him, “The first . 99 
Jesus saith unto them, “Verily I say 
unto you that, the publicans and the har- 
lots go into the kingdom of God before 
you . 99 

Hear another parable: 

“A certain man planted a vineyard, 
and set an hedge about it, and digged a 
place for the wine-fat, and built a tower, 
and let it out to husbandmen, and went 
into a far country. And at the season he 
sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he 
might receive from the husbandmen of 
the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught 
him, and beat him, and sent him away 

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empty. And again he sent unto them 
another servant; and at him they cast 
stones, and wounded him in the head, and 
sent him away shamefully handled. And 
again he sent another; and him they killed, 
and many others; beating some, and kill- 
ing some. 

“Having yet, therefore, one son, his 
well-beloved, he sent him also last unto 
them, saying, ‘They will reverence my 
son . 5 But those husbandmen said among 
themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let 
us kill him, and the inheritance shall be 
ours . 5 And they took him, and killed him, 
and cast him out of the vineyard. 

“What shall, therefore, the lord of the 
vineyard do? He will come and destroy 
the husbandmen, and will give the vine- 
yard unto others . 55 

And when the chief priests and Pharisees 
had heard his parables, they perceived 
that he spake of them. But when they 
sought to lay hands on him, they feared 
the multitude, because they took him for 
a prophet. 

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And Jesus answered, and spake unto 
them again by parables, and said, 

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a 
certain king, which made a marriage for 
his son, and sent forth his servants to call 
them that were bidden to the wedding; 
and they would not come. Again, he sent 
forth other servants, saying, ‘Tell them 
which are bidden, “Behold, I have pre- 
pared my dinner: my oxen and my fadings 
are killed, and all things are ready: come 
unto the marriage . 55 5 But they made light 
of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, 
another to his merchandise: and the 
remnant took his servants, and intreated 
them spitefully, and slew them. But when 
the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and 
he sent forth his armies, and destroyed 
those murderers, and burnt up their city. 

“Then saith he to his servants, ‘The 
wedding is ready, but they which were 
bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore 
into the highways, and, as many as ye 
shall find, bid to the marriage . 5 So those 
servants went out into the highways, and 
gathered together all as many as they 

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found, both bad and good: and the wed- 
ding was furnished with guests. 

“And when the king came in to see the 
guests, he saw there a man which had not 
on a wedding garment: and he saith unto 
him, Triend, how earnest thou in hither, 
not having a wedding garment ? 5 And he 
was speechless. Then saith the king to the 
servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and 
take him away, and cast him into outer 
darkness; there shall be weeping and 
gnashing of teeth: for many are called, but 
few are chosen . 5 55 

Then went the Pharisees, and took 
counsel how they might entangle him in 
his talk. And they sent out unto him their 
disciples, with the Herodians, saying, 

“Master, we know that thou art true, 
and teachest the way of God in truth, 
neither carest thou for any man: for thou 
regardest not the person of men. Tell us, 
therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it lawful 
to give tribute unto Cesar, or not ? 55 

But Jesus perceived their wickedness, 
and said, “Why tempt ye me, ye hypo- 
crites? Shew me the tribute-money . 35 

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And they brought unto him a penny. 
And he saith unto them, “Whose is this 
image and superscription ? 55 

They say unto him, “Cesar’s . 55 

Then saith he unto them, “Render, 
therefore, unto Cesar the things which are 
Cesar’s; and unto God the things that 
are God’s.” 

When they heard these words, they 
marvelled, and left him, and went their 
way. 

The same day came to him the Saddu- 
cees, which say that there is no resur- 
rection, and asked him, saying, “Master, 
Moses said, Tf a man die, having no chil- 
dren, his brother shall marry his wife, and 
raise up seed unto his brother . 5 Now, there 
were with us seven brethren: and the first 
when he had married a wife, deceased; 
and having no issue, left his wife unto his 
brother: likewise the second also, and the 
third, unto the seventh. And last of all the 
woman died also. Therefore, in the resur- 
rection, whose wife shall she be of the 
seven? for they all had her.” 

Jesus answered, and said unto them, 

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“Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, 
nor the power of God. For in the resur- 
rection they neither marry, nor are given 
in marriage: but are as the angels of God 
in heaven. But as touching the resurrection 
of the dead, have ye not read that which 
was spoken unto you by God, saying, T 
am the God of Abraham, and the God of 
Isaac, and the God of Jacob 5 ? God is not 
the God of the dead, but of the living . 35 

And when the multitude heard this, 
they were astonished at his doctrine. 

And one of the scribes came, and having 
heard them reasoning together, and per- 
ceiving that he had answered them well, 
asked him, “Which is the first command- 
ment of all ? 53 

And Jesus answered him, 

“The first of all the commandments is, 
‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is 
one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord 
thy God with all thy heart, and with all 
thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with 
all thy strength . 3 This is the first com- 
mandment. 

“And the second is like, namely this: 

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‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ 
“There is none other commandment 
greater than these. 

“On these two commandments hang all 
the law and the prophets.” 

And the scribe said unto him, “Well, 
Master, thou hast said the truth: for there 
is one God; and there is none other but 
he: and to love him with all the heart, and 
with all the understanding, and with all 
the soul, and with all the strength, and to 
love his neighbour as himself, is more than 
all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.” 

The Pharisees exposed . 

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and 
to his disciples saying, 

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit in 
Moses’ seat: all therefore whatsoever they 
bid you observe, that observe and do; but 
do not ye after their works: for they say 
and do not. For they bind heavy burdens 
and grievous to be borne, and lay them 
on men’s shoulders; but they themselves 
will not move them with one of their 
fingers. But all their works they do for to 

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be seen of men: they make broad their 
phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of 
their garments, and love the uppermost 
rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the 
synagogues, and greetings in the markets, 
and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 

“But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is 
your Master, even Christ; and all ye are 
brethren. And call no man your Father 
upon the earth: for one is your Father, 
which is in heaven. Neither be ye called 
masters: for one is your master, even 
Christ. But he that is greatest among you 
shall be your servant. And whosoever 
shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he 
that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 

“But woe unto you, scribes and Phari- 
sees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the king- 
dom of heaven against men: for ye neither 
go in your selves; neither suffer ye them 
that are entering, to go in. 

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, 
and for a pretence make long prayer: 
therefore ye shall receive the greater 
damnation. 


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cc Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to 
make one proselyte; and when he is made, 
ye make him two-fold more the child of 
hell than yourselves. 

“Woe unto you, ye blind guides! which 
say, ‘Whosoever shall swear by the temple, 
it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by 
the gold of the temple, he is a debtor . 5 Ye 
fools and blind! for whether is greater, the 
gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the 
gold? And, ‘whosoever shall swear by the 
altar, it is nothing; but whosoever swear- 
eth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty . 5 
Ye fools, and blind! for whether is greater, 
the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the 
gift? Whoso, therefore, shall swear by the 
altar, sweareth by it, and by all things 
thereon. And whoso shall swear by the 
temple, sweareth by it, and by him that 
dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear 
by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, 
and by him that sitteth thereon. 

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint, and 
anise, and cummin, and have omitted the 

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weightier matters of the law, judgment, 
mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have 
done, and not to leave the other undone. 
Ye blind guides! which strain at a gnat, 
and swallow a camel. 

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside 
of the cup and of the platter, but within 
they are full of extortion and excess. Thou 
blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is 
within the cup and platter, that the outside 
of them may be clean also. 

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited 
sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful 
outward, but are within full of dead men’s 
bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye 
also outwardly appear righteous unto men, 
but within ye are full of hypocrisy and 
iniquity. 

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! because ye build the tombs 
of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres 
of the righteous. And say, Tf we had been 
in the days of our fathers, we would not 
have been partakers with them in the 

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blood of the prophets . 5 Wherefore ye be 
witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the 
children of them which killed the prophets. 
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers! how 
can ye escape the damnation of hell ? 55 

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, 
and beheld how the people cast money 
into the treasury; and many that were 
rich cast in much. And there came a cer- 
tain poor widow and she threw in two 
mites, which make a farthing. And he 
called unto him his disciples, and saith 
unto them, 

“Verily, I say unto you that this poor 
widow hath cast more in than all they 
which have cast into the treasury: for all 
they did cast in of their abundance; but 
she ofher want did cast in all that she had, 
even all her living . 55 


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2 ^_ 


'S** 

FOUR 


Jerusalem's destruction foretold. 

AND JESUS WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED FROM 

the temple; and his disciples came to him, 
for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 
And Jesus said unto them, 

“See ye not all these things? Verily I say 
unto you, ‘There shall not be left here one 
stone upon another, that shall not be 
thrown down. 5 

“Then let them which be in Judea flee 
into the mountains: let him which is on 
the house-top not come down to take any- 
thing out of his house: neither let him 
which is in the field return back to take 
his clothes. And woe unto them that are 
with child, and to them that give suck 
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in those days! But pray ye that your flight 
be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath- 
day: for then shall be great tribulation, 
such as was not since the beginning of the 
world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 

“Immediately after the tribulation of 
those days shall the sun be darkened, and 
the moon shall not give her light, and the 
stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers 
of the heavens shall be shaken. 

“Now learn a parable of the fig-tree; 
when his branch is yet tender, and putteth 
forth leaves, ye know that summer is 
nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all 
these things, know that it is near, even at 
the doors. 

“But of that day and hour knoweth no 
man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my 
Father only. But as the days of Noe were, 
so shall also the coming of the Son of Man 
be. For in the days that were before the 
flood they were eating and drinking, 
marrying and giving in marriage, until 
the day that Noe entered into the ark, 
and knew not until the flood came, and 
took them all away; then shall two be in 

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the field; the one shall be taken, and the 
other left. Two women shall be grinding 
at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the 
other left. 

“Watch, therefore: for ye know not what 
hour your Lord doth come. But know 
this, that if the good man of the house had 
known in what watch the thief would 
come, he would have watched, and would 
not have suffered his house to be broken 
up. Therefore be ye also ready. Who then 
is a faithful and wise servant, whom his 
lord hath made ruler over his household, 
to give them meat in due season? Blessed 
is that servant, whom his lord, when he 
cometh, shall find so doing. Verily I say 
unto you that he shall make him ruler 
over all his goods. But and if that evil 
servant shall say in his heart, c My lord 
delayeth his coming 9 ; and shall begin to 
smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and 
drink with the drunken, the lord of that 
servant shall come in a day when he 
looketh not for him, and in an hour that 
he is not aware of, and shall cut him 
asunder and appoint him his portion with 

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the hypocrites: there shall be weeping 
and gnashing of teeth . 55 


Parable of the ten virgins . 

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be 
likened unto ten virgins, which took their 
lamps and went forth to meet the bride- 
groom. And five of them were wise, and 
five were foolish. They that were foolish 
took their lamps, and took no oil with 
them: but the wise took oil in their vessels 
with their lamps. While the bridegroom 
tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And 
at midnight there was a cry made, ‘Behold, 
the bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet 
him . 5 Then all those virgins arose, and 
trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said 
unto the wise, ‘Give us of your oil; for our 
lamps are gone out . 5 But the wise answered, 
saying, ‘Not so: lest there be not enough 
for us and you: but go ye rather to them 
that sell, and buy for yourselves . 5 And 
while they went to buy, the bridegroom 
came: and they that were ready went in 
with him to the marriage: and the door 
was shut. Afterward came also the other 

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virgins, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to ns/ 
But he answered and said, ‘Verily I say 
unto you, “I know you not . 55 5 Watch 
therefore. 

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man 
traveling into a far country, who called 
his own servants, and delivered unto them 
his goods. And unto one he gave five 
talents, to another two, and to another 
one; to every man according to his several 
ability; and straightway took his journey. 
Then he that had received the five talents 
went and traded with the same, and made 
them other five talents. And likewise he 
that had received two, he also gained 
other two. But he that had received one, 
went and digged in the earth, and hid 
his lord’s money. After a long time the 
lord of those servants cometh, and reckon- 
eth with them. 

“And so he that had received five talents 
came, and brought other five talents, say- 
ing, ‘Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five 
talents: Behold, I have gained beside them 
five talents more . 5 His lord said unto him, 
‘Well done, thou good and faithful serv- 

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ant: thou hast been faithful over a few 
things, I will make thee ruler over many 
things: enter thou into the joy of thy 
lord/ 

“He also that had received two talents 
came, and said, 'Lord, thou deliveredst 
unto me two talents: behold, I have 
gained two other talents beside them/ 
His lord said unto him, 'Well done, good 
and faithful servant: thou hast been faith- 
ful over a few things, I will make thee 
ruler over many things: enter thou into 
the joy of thy lord/ 

“Then he which had received the one 
talent came, and said, 'Lord, I knew thee, 
that thou art an hard man, reaping where 
thou hast not sown, and gathering where 
thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, 
and went and hid thy talent in the earth: 
lo, there thou hast that is thine/ 

“His lord answered, and said unto him, 
'Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou 
knewest that I reap where I sowed not, 
and gather where I have not strawed: 
thou oughtest, therefore, to have put my 
money to the exchangers, and then at my 
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coming I should have received mine own 
with usury/ 

“ Take therefore the talent from him, 
and give it unto him which hath ten tal- 
ents. For unto every one that hath shall he 
given, and he shall have abundance: but 
from him that hath not, shall be taken 
away even that which he hath. And cast 
ye the unprofitable servant into outer dark- 
ness: there shall be weeping and gnashing 
of teeth/ 

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at 
any time your hearts be overcharged with 
surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of 
this life, and so that day come upon you 
unawares. For as a snare shall it come on 
all them that dwell on the face of the 
whole earth. Watch ye, therefore, and 
pray always, that" ye may be accounted 
worthy to escape all these things that shall 
come to pass, and to stand before the 
Son of Man/’ 

“When the Son of Man shall come in 
his glory, and all the holy angels with him, 
then shall he sit upon the throne of his 

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glory. And before him shall be gathered 
all nations: and he shall separate them 
one from another, as a shepherd divideth 
his sheep from the goats: and he shall set 
the sheep on his right hand, but the goats 
on the left. 

“Then shall the King say unto them on 
his right hand, ‘Come, ye blessed of my 
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for 
you from the foundation of the world: for 
I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: 
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I 
was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, 
and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye 
visited me: I was in prison, and ye came 
unto me . 5 Then shall the righteous answer 
him, saying, ‘Lord, when saw we thee an 
hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and 
gave thee drink? When saw we thee a 
stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and 
clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, 
or in prison, and came unto thee ? 5 And 
the King shall answer, and say unto them, 
‘Verily I say unto you, “Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these 
my brethren, ye have done it unto me . 55 5 
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“Then shall he say also unto them on 
the left hand, ‘Depart from me, ye cursed, 
into everlasting fire, prepared for the 
devil and his angels. Fori was an hungered, 
and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, 
and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, 
and ye took me not in: naked, and ye 
clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and 
ye visited me not . 5 Then shall they also 
answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when saw we 
thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, 
or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not 
minister unto thee ? 5 Then shall he answer 
them, saying, ‘Verily I say unto you, 
“Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the 
least of these, ye did it not to me . 35 5 And 
these shall go away into everlasting 
punishment: but the righteous into life 
eternal . 33 


Conspiracy against Christ 

After two days was the feast of the pass- 
over, and of unleavened bread: and the 
chief priests and the scribes sought how 
they might take him by craft, and put him 
to death. But they said, “Not on the feast 
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day, lest there be an uproar of the peo- 
ple , 53 

And being in Bethany, in the house of 
Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there 
came a woman having an alabaster-box 
of ointment of spikenard, very precious; 
and she brake the box, and poured it on 
his head. And there were some that had 
indignation within themselves, and said, 
“Why was this waste of the ointment 
made? For it might have been sold for 
more than three hundred pence, and have 
been given to the poor . 35 

And they murmured against her. And 
Jesus said, 

“Let her alone, why trouble ye her? she 
hath wrought a good work on me. For ye 
have the poor with you always, and when- 
soever ye will, ye may do them good; but 
me ye have not always. She hath done 
what she could; she is come aforehand 
to anoint my body to the burying . 33 

Then one of the twelve called Judas 
Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and 
said unto them, “What will ye give me, 
and I will deliver him unto you ? 33 And 
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they covenanted with him for thirty pieces 
of silver. And from that time he sought 
opportunity to betray him. 

Now, the first day of the feast of un- 
leavened bread, the disciples came to 
Jesus, saying unto him, “Where wilt thou 
that we prepare for thee to eat the pass- 
over ? 55 

And he said, “Go into the city to such a 
man, and say unto him, ‘The Master 
saith, “My time is at hand; I will keep the 
passover at thy house with my disciples . 55 5 55 

And the disciples did as Jesus had ap- 
pointed them; and they made ready the 
passover. 

Now, when the even was come, he sat 
down with the twelve. 

And there was also a strife among them, 
which of them should be accounted the 
greatest. And he said unto them, 

“The kings of the Gentiles exercise lord- 
ship over them; and they that exercise 
authority upon them are called bene- 
factors. But ye shall not be so: but he that 
is greatest among you, let him be as the 
younger; and he that is chief, as he that 

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doth serve. For whether is greater, he 
that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? 
is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am 
among you as he that serveth . 55 

And supper being ended he riseth from 
supper, and laid aside his garments; and 
took a towel, and girded himself. After that 
he poureth water into a bason, and began 
to wash the disciples 5 feet, and to wipe 
them with the towel wherewith he was 
girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: 
and Peter saith unto him, “Lord, dost thou 
wash my feet ? 55 Jesus answered, and said 
unto him, “What I do, thou knowest not 
now; but thou shalt know hereafter . 55 Peter 
saith unto him, “Thou shalt never wash 
my feet . 55 Jesus answered him, “If I wash 
thee not, thou hast no part with me . 55 
Simon Peter saith unto him, “Lord, not 
my feet only, but also my hands and my 
head . 55 Jesus saith to him, “He that is 
washed, needeth not, save to wash his feet, 
but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, 
but not all . 55 For he knew who should be- 
tray him; therefore said he, “Ye are not 
all clean . 55 So, after he had washed their 
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feet, and had taken his garments, and was 
set down again, he said unto them, “Know 
ye what I have done unto you? Ye call me 
Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so 
I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, 
have washed your feet, ye also ought to 
wash one another’s feet. For I have given 
you an example, that ye should do as I 
have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto 
you, ‘The servant is not greater than his 
lord: neither he that is sent, greater than 
he that sent him . 5 If ye know these things, 
happy are ye if ye do them . 55 

When Jesus had thus said, he was 
troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, 
“Verily, verily, I say unto you that one 
of you shall betray me . 55 

Then the disciples looked one on another, 
doubting of whom he spake. Now there 
was leaning on Jesus 5 bosom one of his 
disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter, 
therefore, beckoned to him, that he should 
ask who it should be of whom he spake. 
He then, lying on Jesus 5 breast, saith unto 
him, “Lord, who is it ? 55 

Jesus answered, “He it is, to whom I 

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shall give a sop, when I have dipped it . 55 
And when he had dipped the sop, he gave 
it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 

Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus 
said, 

“A new commandment I give unto you: 
that ye love one another; as I have loved 
you, that ye also love one another. 

“By this shall all men know that ye are 
my disciples, if ye have love one to an- 
other . 55 

Then saith Jesus unto them, “All ye 
shall be offended because of me this night . 55 

Peter answered, and said unto him, 
“Though all men shall be offended be- 
cause of thee, yet will I never be offended. 
I am ready to go with thee, both into 
prison, and to death . 55 

And he said, “I tell thee, Peter, ‘The 
cock shall not crow this day, before that 
thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest 
me. 

Peter said unto him, “Though I should 
die with thee, yet will I not deny thee . 55 
Likewise also said all the disciples. 

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Then cometh Jesus with them unto a 
place called Gethsemane, and saith unto 
the disciples, “Sit ye here, while I go and 
pray yonder . 53 And he took with him 
Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and 
began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 
Then saith he unto them, “My soul is 
exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: 
tarry ye here, and watch with me . 55 And 
he went a little farther, and fell on his 
face, and prayed saying, “Oh my Father, 
if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: 
nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou 
wilt . 55 And he cometh unto the disciples, 
and findeth them asleep, and saith unto 
Peter, “What! could ye not watch with me 
one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter 
not into temptation: the spirit indeed is 
willing, but the flesh is weak . 55 He went 
away again the second time, and prayed, 
saying, “O my Father, if this cup may not 
pass away from me, except I drink it, thy 
will be done . 55 And he came and found 
them asleep again: for their eyes were 
heavy. And he left them, and went away 
again, and prayed the third time, saying 

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the same words. Then cometh he to his 
disciples, and saith unto them, “Sleep on 
now, and take your rest . 35 

Judas betrayeth Jesus. 

When Jesus had spoken these words, 
he went forth with his disciples over the 
brook Cedron, where was a garden, into 
the which he entered, and his disciples. 
And Judas also, which betrayed him, 
knew the place: for Jesus oft-times resorted 
thither with his disciples. Judas then, 
having received a band of men and officers 
from the chief priests and Pharisees, 
cometh thither with lanterns, and torches, 
and weapons. 

Now he that betrayeth him gave them 
a sign, saying, “Whomsoever I shall kiss, 
that same is he: hold him fast . 35 And forth- 
with he came to Jesus, and said, “Hail, 
Master , 55 and kissed him. 

And Jesus said unto him, “Friend, 
wherefore art thou come ? 53 

Jesus, therefore, knowing all things that 
should come upon him, went forth, and 
said unto them, “Whom seek ye ? 55 
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They answered him, ‘ 'Jesus of Nazareth . 55 

Jesus saith unto them, “I am he . 55 (And 
Judas also, which betrayed him, stood 
with them.) As soon then as he had said 
unto them, “I am he , 55 they went back- 
ward, and fell to the ground. Then asked 
he them again, “Whom seek ye ? 55 And 
they said, “Jesus of Nazareth . 55 Jesus 
answered, “I have told you, that I am he: 
if, therefore, ye seek me, let these go their 
way . 55 

Then came they and laid hands on 
Jesus, and took him. And, behold, one of 
them, which were with Jesus, stretched 
out his hand, and drew his sword, and 
struck a servant of the high priest, and 
smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto 
him, “Put up again thy sword into his 
place: for all they that take the sword shall 
perish with the sword . 55 

In that same hour said Jesus to the 
multitudes, “Are ye come out as against 
a thie£ with swords, and staves for to take 
me? I sat daily with you teaching in the 
temple, and ye laid no hold on me . 55 Then 
all the disciples forsook him and fled. 

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And there followed him a certain young 
man, having a linen cloth cast about his 
naked body; and the young men laid 
hold on him: and he left the linen cloth, 
and fled from them naked. And they that 
had laid hold on Jesus, led him away to 
Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes 
and the elders were assembled. 

And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and 
so did another disciple. That disciple was 
known unto the high priest, and went in 
with Jesus into the palace of the high 
priest. But Peter stood at the door with- 
out. Then went out that other disciple, 
which was known unto the high priest, 
and spake unto her that kept the door, 
and brought in Peter. And the servants 
and officers stood there, who had made 
a fire of coals, (for it was cold,) and they 
warmed themselves: and Peter stood with 
them, and warmed himself. Then saith 
the damsel, that kept the door, unto Peter, 
“Art not thou also one of this man’s dis- 
ciples?” He saith, “I am not.” And Simon 
Peter stood and warmed himself: they 
said, therefore, unto him, “Art not thou 

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also one of his disciples?” He denied it, 
and said, “I am not.” One of the servants 
of the high priest, (being his kinsman 
whose ear Peter cut off,) saith, “Did not 
I see thee in the garden with him?” Peter 
then denied again: and immediately the 
cock crew. 

And Peter remembered the words of 
Jesus, which said unto him, “Before the 
cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” 
And he went out and wept bitterly. 

The high priest then asked Jesus of his 
disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus an- 
swered him, 

“I spake openly to the world; I ever 
taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, 
whither the Jews always resort; and in 
secret have I said nothing. Why asketh 
thou me? ask them which heard me, what 
I have said unto them: behold, they know 
what I said.” 

And, when he had thus spoken, one 
of the officers which stood by struck Jesus 
with the palm of his hand, saying, “Amswer- 
est thou the high priest so?” 

Jesus answered him, 

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“If I have spoken evil, bear witness of 
the evil; but if well, why smitest thou 
me?” 

And they led Jesus away to the high 
priest; and with him were assembled all 
the chief priests, and the elders, and the 
scribes. And the chief priests, and all the 
council sought for witness against Jesus 
to put him to death; and found none: for 
many bare false witness against him, but 
their witness agreed not together. And 
there arose certain, and bare false witness 
against him, saying, “We heard him say, 
6 I will destroy this temple that is made 
with hands, and within three days I will 
build another made without hands . 5 55 But 
neither so did their witness agree together. 
And the high priest stood up in the midst, 
and asked Jesus, saying, “Answerest thou 
nothing? what is it which these witness 
against thee ? 55 But he held his peace, and 
answered nothing. Again the high priest 
asked him, and said unto him, “Art thou 
the Christ, the Son of the Blessed ? 55 

And he said unto them, “If I tell 
you, ye will not believe: and if I also ask 
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you, ye will not answer me, nor let me 
go . 55 

Then said they all, “Art thou then the 
Son of God?” And he said unto them, 
“Ye say that I am.” 

Then the high priest rent his clothes, 
and saith, “What need we any further 
witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy: 
what think ye?” And they all condemned 
him to be guilty of death. And some began 
to spit on him, and to cover his face, and 
to buffet him, and to say unto him, 
“Prophesy”: and the servants did strike 
him with the palms of their hands. 

Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas 
unto the hall of judgment, and it was 
early; and they themselves went not into 
the j udgment-hall, lest they should be 
defiled; but that they might eat the pass- 
over. 

Pilate then went out unto them, and 
said, “What accusation bring ye against 
this man?” 

They answered, and said unto him, “If 
he were not a malefactor, we would not 
have delivered him up unto thee.” 

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Then said Pilate unto them, “Take ye 
him, and judge him according to your 
law.” 

The Jews therefore said unto him, “It 
is not lawful for us to put any man to 
death.” 

Then Pilate entered into the judgment- 
hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto 
him, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” 
Jesus answered him, 

“Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or 
did others tell it thee of me?” 

Pilate answered, 

“Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and 
the chief priests have delivered thee unto 
me. What hast thou done?” 

Jesus answered, 

“My kingdom is not of this world. If my 
kingdom were of this world, then would 
my servants fight, that I should not be 
delivered to the Jews: but now is my king- 
dom not from hence.” 

Pilate therefore said unto him, 

“Art thou a King then?” 

Jesus answered, 

“Thou sayest that I am a king. To this 
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end was I born* and for this cause came 
I into the world, that I should bear witness 
unto the truth. Every one that is of the 
truth heareth my voice / 5 
Pilate saith unto him, “What is truth ? 55 
And when he had said this, he went out 
again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, 
“I find in him no fault at all . 55 

And they were the more fierce saying, 
“He stirreth up the people, teaching 
throughout all Jewry, beginning from 
Galilee to this place . 55 
Then said Pilate unto him, 

“Hearest thou not how many things they 
witness against thee ? 55 

When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked 
whether the man were a Galilean. And 
as soon as he knew that he belonged unto 
Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, 
who himself also was at Jerusalem at that 
time. And when Herod saw Jesus he was 
exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see 
him of a long season, because he had 
heard many things of him; and he hoped 
to have seen some miracle done by him. 
Then he questioned with him in many 

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words; but he answered him nothing. 
And the chief priests and scribes stood, 
and vehemently accused him. And Herod, 
with his men of war, set him at nought, 
and mocked him, and arrayed him in a 
gorgeous robe, and sent him again to 
Pilate. 

And the same day Pilate and Herod 
were made friends together: for before 
they were at enmity between themselves. 
And Pilate, when he had called together 
the chief priests, and the rulers, and the 
people, said unto them, 

tc Ye have brought this man unto me, as 
one that perverteth the people: and, 
behold, I, having examined him before 
you, have found no fault in this man, 
touching those things whereof ye accuse 
him: no, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to 
him: and lo, nothing worthy of death is 
done unto him. I will therefore chastise 
him, and release him. 53 

Now at that feast the governor was 
wont to release unto the people a prisoner, 
whom they would. And they had then a 
notable prisoner, called Bar abb as. There- 

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fore, when they were gathered together, 
Pilate said unto them, “Whom will ye that 
I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus, 
which is called Christ ? 55 for he knew that 
for envy they had delivered him. 

When he was set down on the judgment- 
seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, “Have 
thou nothing to do with that just man: for 
I have suffered many things this day in a 
dream because of him . 55 But the chief 
priests and elders persuaded the multitude 
that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy 
Jesus. 

The governor answered and said unto 
them, “Whether of the twain will ye that I 
release unto you ? 55 

They said, “Barabbas . 55 

Pilate saith unto them, “What shall I do 
then with Jesus, which is called Christ ? 55 

They all say unto him, “Let him be 
crucified . 55 And the governor said, “Why, 
what evil hath he done ? 55 But they cried 
out the more, saying, “Let him be cruci- 
fied . 55 

Then released he Barabbas, unto them; 
and when he had scourged Jesus, he de- 
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livered him to be crucified. Then the 
soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the 
common hall, and gathered unto him the 
whole band of soldiers. And when they 
had platted a crown of thorns, they put it 
upon his head, and a reed in his right 
hand; and they bowed the knee before 
him, and mocked him, saying, “Hail, 
King of the Jews ! 59 And they spit upon 
him, and took the reed, and smote him on 
the head. And after they had mocked 
him, they took the robe off from him, and 
put his own raiment on him, and led him 
away to crucify him. 

Then Judas which had betrayed him 
when he saw that he was condemned, 
repented himself, and brought again the 
thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests 
and elders, saying, “I have sinned, in that 
I have betrayed the innocent blood.” And 
they said, “What is that to us? see thou 
to that . 55 And he cast down the pieces of 
silver in the temple, and departed, and 
went and hanged himself. And the chief 
priests took the silver pieces, and said, 
“It is not lawful for to put them into the 
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treasury, because it is the price of blood.” 
And they took counsel, and bought with 
them the potter’s field, to bury strangers 
in. Wherefore that field was called, “The 
field of blood,” unto this day. 

And, as they led him away they laid 
hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming 
out of the country, and on him they laid 
the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. 
And there followed him a great company 
of people, and of women, which also be- 
wailed and lamented him. But Jesus, 
turning unto them, said, 

“Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for 
me, but weep for yourselves, and for your 
children. For, behold, the days are com- 
ing, in the which they shall say, ‘Blessed 
are the barren, and the wombs that never 
bare, and the paps which never gave 
suck.’ Then shall they begin to say to the 
mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, 
‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things in a 
green tree, what shall be done in the dry?” 
And there were also two others, male- 
factors, led with him to be put to death. 
And he, bearing his cross, went forth 
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into a place called the place of a skull, 
which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha; 
where they crucified him, and two others 
with him, on either side one, and Jesus 
in the midst. 

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on 
the cross, and the writing was, 

JESUS OF NAZARETH, 

THE KING OF THE JEWS. 

This title then read many of the Jews: 
for the place where Jesus was crucified was 
nigh to the city: and it was written in 
Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then 
said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, 
“Write not, ‘The King of the Jews , 5 but 
that he said, T am King of the Jews . 5 55 
Pilate answered, “What I have written, I 
have written . 55 

Then the soldiers, when they had cruci- 
fied Jesus, took his garments, and made 
four parts, to every soldier a part, and 
also his coat: now the coat was without 
seam, woven from the top throughout. 
They said, therefore, among themselves, 

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“Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, 
whose it shall be . 55 

And they that passed by reviled him, 
wagging their heads, and saying, “Thou 
that destroyest the temple, and buildest it 
in three days, save thyself If thou be the 
Son of God, come down from the cross.” 

Likewise also the chief priests mocking 
him, with the scribes and elders, said, “He 
saved others; himself he cannot save. If 
he be the King of Israel, let him now come 
down from the cross, and we will believe 
him. He trusted in God; let him deliver 
him now, if he will have him: for he said, 
T am the Son of God . 5 55 

And one of the malefactors, which were 
hanged, railed on him, saying, “If thou be 
Christ, save thyself and us . 55 But the other, 
answering, rebuked him, saying, “Dost not 
thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same 
condemnation? And we indeed justly; for 
we receive the due reward of our deeds: 
but this man hath done nothing amiss . 55 

Then said Jesus, 

“j Father forgive them, For they know not 
what they do” 


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Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, 
his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary 
the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magda- 
lene. When Jesus, therefore, saw his 
mother, and the disciple standing by 
whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, 
“Woman, behold thy Son!” 

Then saith he to the disciple, “Behold 
thy mother!” And from that hour that 
disciple took her unto his own home. 

And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried 
with a loud voice, saying, 

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to 
say, “My God, my God, why hast thou 
forsaken me?” 

Some of them that stood there, when 
they heard that, said, “This man calleth 
for Elias.” And straightway one of them 
ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with 
vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave 
him to drink. The rest said, “Let be, let 
us see whether Elias will come to save 
him.” 

Jesus, when he had cried again with a 
loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 

And many women were there, behold- 

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ing afar off, which followed Jesus from 
Galilee, ministering unto him: among 
which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary 
the mother of James and Joses, and the 
mother of Zebedee’s children. 

The Jews, therefore, because it was the 
preparation, that the bodies should not 
remain upon the cross on the sabbath-day, 
(for that sabbath-day was an high day,) 
besought Pilate that their legs might be 
broken, and that they might be taken 
away. Then came the soldiers, and brake 
the legs of the first, and of the other which 
was crucified with him. But when they 
came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead 
already, they brake not his legs: but one 
of the soldiers with a spear pierced his 
side, and forthwith came thereout blood 
and water. 

And after this, Joseph of Arimathea, 
(being a disciple of Jesus but secretly for 
fear of the Jews,) besought Pilate that he 
might take away the body of Jesus: and 
Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, 
and took the body of Jesus. And there 
came also Nicodemus (which at the first 

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came to Jesus by night and brought a 
mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an 
hundred pound weight). Then took they 
the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen 
clothes with the spices, as the manner of 
the Jews is to bury. Now, in the place 
where he was crucified, there was a gar- 
den; and in the garden a new sepulchre, 
wherein was never man yet laid. There 
laid they Jesus, and rolled a great stone 
to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 


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